How to Check Number of SIMs register Against Your CNIC
Cell phones began to become the norm for Pakistanis in the year 2000. Cellular subscriptions skyrocketed after prices fell and the service became more widely available to the general public.
As a result, malicious technology was misused. It didn't take long for unregistered SIMs to be implicated in numerous criminal activities and terrorist attacks.
PTA introduced a new SIM Information System in 2009 to address these issues. Users will be able to see how many active SIMs have been issued against their CNIC by usng the system, which keeps a digital record of SIM subscribers.
Keep reading if you want to verify or block a SIM card issued against your CNIC or if you don't know how many there are.
A CNIC can register an unlimited number of SIM cards.
Prior to doing anything else, keep in mind that your CNIC has a limit on the number of SIM cards you can get. PTA rules limit the number of SIM cards that can be issued to any one person at a time to five.
Any additional SIM cards that you want must be blocked first on the card that is no longer in use to keep your CNIC's maximum of 5 SIMs consistent.
How do you find out how many active SIM cards have been issued to your CNIC?
Any active SIM cards issued against your CNIC should be obtained as soon as possible if you are unaware of them.
If you want to do that, you have two options:
Visit the PTA SIM Information Website to see how many SIM cards have been issued in your name and how many are still active.
When you click on the link, a new window will open asking for your personal information.
In the provided field, enter your CNIC number.
Check the box next to 'I'm not a robot to ensure your identity before pressing the "Submit" button.
You'll see a table listing all of the registered SIMs associated with that CNIC.
Operator-wise, the number of SIMs will be classified, and the table will also tell you how many SIMs are linked to your CNIC.
Here's how to find out how many SIM cards are registered to your CNIC using SMS:
You'll need to open the text message app on your phone to do this.
Enter your CNIC number exactly as it appears on your card, without any spaces or hyphens.
Send this message to 668 once you're done.
As soon as your query is answered, you'll receive an automated text message letting you know how many active SIM cards you have with each operator listed on your CNIC.
Please be aware that each SMS you send to 668 will cost you PKR 2 + tax.
If you discover that the number of SIMs issued against your CNIC exceeds the number of SIM cards you are currently using, you must contact the respective Company Operator's Customer Service Center.
Is it necessary to be aware of SIM cloning and what does it entail?
SIM cloning is the practise of duplicating a SIM card by transferring the cloned SIM's unique identifier to a new SIM card. If done correctly, the second SIM card can be used on a different cell phone by a different person and still have the data and charges associated with the original SIM card
Many criminals use SIM cloning to conduct illegal activities and make phone calls associated with them while using the identity of someone else. Immediately notify the relevant mobile company if someone calls them from your number and you didn't make it, so that the illegally functional SIM card can be blocked.
In order to monitor the safety of cellular subscribers and put an end to illegal use of mobile phone connections, PTA has implemented the PTA Biometric Verification System, or BVS for short. With the help of this system, it is simple to:
- Obtain a second SIM card for your phone.
- Install a new SIM card or activate an existing one.
- The SIM card previously registered under the CNIC of someone else can now be registered under your CNIC.
- Recheck your SIM card's validity.
- Resolve issues with the portability of mobile phone numbers
How do you obtain biometric verification for your SIM card?
To avoid having your registered SIM card blocked, make sure you are using a SIM card that PTA recognizes before continuing. First, make sure the SIM card is registered in your name before requesting a biometrically verified one.
How do I find out who owns my SIM card?
- Follow these simple steps to learn the name of the SIM's owner:
- Open the text messaging app on your phone. Open the text messaging app on your phone.
- Blanket 667 with a message of your choosing.
- Your SIM owner's name will be revealed in an upcoming reply text message that you'll receive shortly after that.
How do you stop a SIM card that is registered to your CNIC from working?
It's best to block any SIM card that you don't use so you aren't held liable for any charges made against your CNIC. To do this, follow these steps:
- Contact the relevant cellular company's franchise or customer support office in your area.
- Your required number will be blocked immediately if you fail to provide your original CNIC and fill out a related form.
It's important to remember that using an illegal or unregistered SIM card is a crime that has legal ramifications. Using an unregistered SIM card or a SIM card in the name of another person is a criminal offence, and you must fix it immediately to avoid being caught.