Pakistan’s telecoms regulator enabled operators to begin charging a SIM termination charge in January to ease the abuse of free SIM cards and combat the use of illegal activities on networks.
In an update, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) stated the ‘SIM disowning charge’ will be in effect from January 1, 2024. It will apply to SIM cards that have not been retained for over six months and operators can charge customers up to PKR200 (US$0.70). Subscribers are encouraged to return “unnecessary” SIM cards free of charge before December 31.
"With this decision, the PTA stays committed to national safety and security while ensuring uninterrupted quality services to all telecom consumers,” said the PTA in a statement, reported by local newspaper The News International.