The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), on Monday, permanently placed embargo on the registration of old Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) cards by telecoms providers.
The NCC Director of Public Affairs, Mr Tony Ojobo, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
A SIM card is issued by telecoms operators to provide the individual user with the appropriate number recognised by that network after it has been inserted into a mobile phone.
Ojobo said the registration of old SIM cards ended in 2012, adding that network providers were only allowed to register new SIM cards.
‘‘Registration of new SIM cards was allowed to enable subscribers to have freedom of entry and exit from a mobile network to be able to switch to a new mobile network of their choice.
‘‘If the registration is stopped, how would foreigners that are coming to Nigeria or new citizens who are ripe to use mobile phones register? There is no time we can stop the registration.
‘‘What was stopped was the registration of old SIM cards after nine months that the official registration started, for old SIMs it has stopped, but for new it shall continue,’’ Ojobo said. Continue reading →
To use the Nigerian Mobile Number Portability System (MNP), subscribers would be required to submit certain documents. “To move your number to a new mobile operator, you need to bring proof of identity such as identity card, passport or driving licence or an officially-validated photographic identity document. Also, the mobile number you wish to port must be validly registered.”
Subscribers can also port their numbers at any customer care office, retail shop or outlet of their chosen new service provider and meet with the authorized sales person to request to port their number.
Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Dr. Eugene Juwah also stated that porting is not available by telephone, online or other electronic means.
Meanwhile, subscribers wishing to change their operators to a preferred network are expected to terminate service with their existing service provider before initiating porting with the new service provider. Continue reading →
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Courtesy of Globacom Nigeria comes a new service called, GLO SMS4EVER, of which enables subscribers to store their text messages (SMS) for as long as they want. With the service, subscribers are able to store and retrieve their important SMS online straight from their telephone handsets.
GLO SMS4EVER addresses the space constraints subscribers face trying to store vital messages on their phones. “Since the introduction of GSM communication, SMS has remained a veritable tool for mobile communication. But sometimes, the SMS is so valuable that we find it difficult to delete it from our SMS inbox folder, thus limiting available space on the handheld device. SMS4EVER service was, therefore, conceived to address this challenge. “It is a simple SMS save, store and restore service which provides the user a safe and secure personal storage space on the internet. Unlike the phone inbox folder, it is unlimited and it is there forever. The messages are stored in a secured server and are backed through a network storage system,”