Mobile Number Crunch : DoT to Put Cap on Mobile Connections Taken By An Individual to Nine

According to our exclusive sources, India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is all set to put cap of maximum 9 mobile numbers/ SIM card taken by an individual or on Single Name in next few days. As current 10 digit mobile number series is fast approaching limit, with country’s mobile subscriber base (GSM and CDMA) estimated to surpass one billion, and an inefficient number allocation system.

According to the new rules, a customers can not hold more than 9 connections from all service providers in a single name in a services area/telecom circle. Customer has to declare in the CAF number of mobile connections held in his/her name with other operators at the time of buying new connections.

Presently there is no cap on mobile connections for an individuals and the new limit of “9 Mobile Connections” will be implemented from November 9th, 2013 thereafter the existing individual mobile subscribers may need to surrender their old mobile connections, if they want new mobile connections or having mobile connections exceeding the new limit of nine numbers.

All current mobile phone number series in India are rapidly being used up and coming closer to capacity, as the country’s subscriber base is estimated to shoot past one billion by middle of 2013 and it could be a “serious problem” if  issue not resolved by the middle of next year.

Mobile numbers in series of 98, 99, 94, 92, 93 and some more are allotted to service providers in batches and they are associated with them for common recognition. This batch system or particular series helps overcome ambiguity, and chaos during the subscription for new mobile connections. But the curious case here is, that not all of these numbers have been put to use as mobile numbers. While some people get used as spare connections, a large chunk remains inactive as we can see the VLR data from telecos, which seems to be a concern of DoT (Department of Telecom) officials, and something which they will be looking at during this problem.

Apart from the cap on Mobile Connections, one solution is introducing 11-digit phone numbers or adding one more digit in all existing series of mobile numbers although the Department of Telecom (DoT) is also looking at alternatives, more details are awaited.

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  • VIPIN KUMAR - Auraiya September 22, 2014 12:46 pm

    Sim ke form par customer ka thumb impression ka option dena chahiye. Jisse ki dealer Kisi ki id ka misuse na kar sake.

  • TAPAS BODAK - hooghly September 19, 2014 3:31 pm

    how many mobile sim card with my name “TAPAS BODAK”

  • Deepak Vasudevan May 20, 2014 6:48 pm

    One of my friend has a Reliance Prepaid which he bought two years back. But hitherto whenever he recharges he always was seeing a different name but customer care used to dodge by giving junk responses. Out of curiosity when he digged into the matter he found out the reseller had given a wrong document and activated the number.

    But customer care is refusing to investigate the documents vs recharge names and make the corrections despite taking to TRAI. But it seems conversion to postpaid is allowed. My question is whether any one’s prepaid can be converted to postpaid if that is the case?

    Please help clarify …

    Deepak Vasudevan

  • karthik April 12, 2014 7:50 pm

    How to know the number of sim cards activated on my ID proof?

  • JP March 29, 2014 5:12 pm

    Hi All,

    I am not able to get new connection in any where in India. The operators saying you have already reached 9 connections with your name. But, i am not using previous Sim/numbers right now. For example, right now i am staying in Mumbai and am using one postpaid/prepaid number. In the future i want to shift to Chennai for job purpose that time i want to change the number. so what can i do in that situation.

    Is there any solutions for this…

    Could you please help me if any body having solutions on this.

    And, one more query– is it possible to transfer postpaid connection from one state to another state with the same number and same name?

    Thanks,
    Jp

    • souradip March 29, 2014 6:40 pm

      @JP
      Postpaid migration witin states is not possible till today u change ur post pay into prepaid & you take it.

    • SS March 29, 2014 6:57 pm

      Hi!

      If the operators say like that them you may have to close down some connections. If you believe that you have less than 9 no.s in your name then you may consider complaining on pgportal.gov.in.

      Any number, prepaid or postpaid cannot be transferred interstate.

  • Umesh February 15, 2014 11:48 am

    @VS, its together

  • Vijay Sagar September 25, 2013 10:38 am

    Is that limit of 9sims on each provider or all together?

  • PD November 17, 2012 4:24 pm

    Sandy :
    @TT..
    u were right.. as it is notified in today’ TOI that a customer cannot hold more than 9 connectionc from all the service providers in a single name in a service area.. customer has to declare in CAF number of connections held in his name with other operators..
    this was on the behalf of AUSPI & COAI.
    in all leading news papers..
    thanx alot TT team for sharing it in advance..

    A big “downward” gloom to be expected in the sector ! Only stake holders will suffer because already the sector is saturated !

  • Sandy November 16, 2012 11:50 am

    @TT..
    u were right.. as it is notified in today’ TOI that a customer cannot hold more than 9 connectionc from all the service providers in a single name in a service area.. customer has to declare in CAF number of connections held in his name with other operators..
    this was on the behalf of AUSPI & COAI.
    in all leading news papers..

    thanx alot TT team for sharing it in advance..

  • Sudhakar November 10, 2012 10:55 pm

    Videocon and Uninor are shutdown in TN. TRAI and DoT can take steps to use these number series (who have not ported to other operators before shutdown) as standby till new solution is decided.

  • sourav November 10, 2012 11:52 am

    mobile numbers cant start with 1,2,3,4,5,6,71,79 bcoz these are already allotted to landlines and special services..
    1-special numbers(govt. organisations ex-police,fire etc)
    2-BSNL/MTNL
    3-Reliance
    4-Airtel
    5-Quadrant(punjab) & MTS(rajasthan) also vas numbers
    6-TATA
    71-vodafone
    791,792-videocon
    793-MTS
    794-Aircel

  • Animesh November 9, 2012 9:33 pm

    Also what about the series alloted to Etisalat/Loop Mobile,and S Tel they have lost their licenses to operate cellular services in India.
    9511,9512,9112 and so on

    ** Loop Mobile still holds the license to operate in Mumbai Circle

  • Animesh November 9, 2012 9:13 pm

    Instead on moving to a 11 Digit Number plan,which is difficult the following steps must be taken to ensure the optimum utilization of telephone/mobile numbers

    1)While there should be no cap on the number of connections an individual can subscribe to,strict measures must be taken to ensure there is no misuse,including mobile connections issued to fictions persons.

    2)Recycling of Mobile numbers which are out of use,after a period of six months.

    3) Renumbering of the land-line series,including STD codes

    Presently Mobile Series such as 792,793,794,796 or 802,803,804,806 cannot be issued as 79 is the STD dialing prefix for Ahmedabad and 80 is the dialing prefix Bangalore hence a Mobile number starting with 802 xxxxxxx or 792 xxxxxxx for eg would typically denote a land-line number for Bangalore /Ahmedabad

    Similarly Mobile numbers starting with 712 xxxxxxx would denote a land-line number in Nagpur

    Hence I trust that instead of renumbering mobile numbers,all STD codes should have and addition prefix of 2 eg the dialing code of Bangalore would change to 0280 and Ahmedabad would change to 0279 and Nagpur to 02712 this would automatically free up all the series which are currently cannot be issued as mobile numbers as the conflict with STD codes,and also free up several new series to be issued as Mobile Numbers,besides 100.00% usage of these series,including new series like 3,4,5 & 6

    If hope TT can take up this suggestion with DOT/Trai

  • S.Sudhakar November 9, 2012 9:29 am

    Correction :
    8 digit for landlines are existing only for metro cities which have only 3 digits (including zero prefix) for STD code. Example : Chennai – 044.

  • S.Sudhakar November 9, 2012 9:28 am

    Sinoj :

    8 digit for landlines are existing only for metro cities and the cities which have only 3 digits (including zero prefix) for STD code. Example : Chennai – 044.

  • S.Sudhakar November 9, 2012 9:26 am

    To Sinoj :

    1 series is allocated for emergency tollfree numbers.
    2 series is allocated for BSNL landline
    3 series is allocated for Reliance landline
    4 is allocated for Airtel landline
    6 is allocated for TATA landline.

    It is not possible to allocate to mobile. I think 5 series is vacant.

  • Aditya Maheshwari November 9, 2012 9:15 am

    Thank God, that dOt is on good way,
    Implement this cap & everything will become alright. Now people purchases sIm card like vegetable & creates problems like fake docs & misuse of number. After this dOt should remove cap from SMS.

  • Sinoj November 9, 2012 8:12 am

    @Mehboob: Landline numbers are 10 digit without STD code? I know other than Kerala, there are more than 7 digits for LLs. But, I wasn’t known it would be 10 digits. Anyway, Still 300 crore connections can be handled.

  • Asit Paul November 9, 2012 7:40 am

    The fact is that, not all numbers can be alloted as mobile numbers due to technical reasons.

  • Mehboob November 9, 2012 12:27 am

    @Sinoj
    No dear…u forget the land numbers. 2 For BSNL, 3 for Reliance, 4 for Airtel 6 for Docomo

  • Sinoj November 8, 2012 9:58 pm

    Cap to 9 is OK. But, I couldn’t understand one thing. Series 9 can handle 100 crore connections. Series 7 & 8 already there. Now these 3 series can handle 300 crore connections. Still 6, 5,4,3,2&1 remaining. i.e, if all are introduced, 900 crore connections can be handled. Then why need 11 digit numbers? Am I correct?

    • Prasenjit March 28, 2014 11:47 pm

      Sinoj’s solution seems most viable and correct. Why 6, 5,4,3,2&1, series should not be used to allocate fresh numbers? 11 digit number would br cumbersome and ridiculous.

  • sourav November 8, 2012 8:41 pm

    i have more than 20 connections on my name..will they all get deactivated?

  • Mahanthesh November 8, 2012 5:21 pm

    Tharun George :
    How they will find subscribers with more connection? Almost 9 different ID proof can be submitted to get connection. Searching subscribers of different operators by name isn’t that simple.
    I know 9 series numbers are almost over, but 8 and 7 series only introduced 2 years back. How can it run out so quickly?
    Also what about 6,5,4,3 and other number series?
    Also most operators recently removed many inactive users. I think all operators should remove inactive users and get more number.

    I THINK YOU FORGOT STD CODES…

  • PD November 8, 2012 4:09 pm

    Animesh :
    Cap of 9 Cylinders
    Now cap of 9 Mobile Connections
    what next the Govt is forcing the general public to go on an austerity drive
    No cap of politicians for amount of assets they can own and the amount of corruption they can indulge in ? Great Job Govt of India

    The common myth is that “cats have nine lives !” Well may be ! But definitely not the case with other animal species including “social animal” !

    • Prasenjit March 28, 2014 11:50 pm

      Excellent reply. The holier than thou politicians can do anything and everything…never worry…those creepy crawlies can’t be changed.

  • Arka November 8, 2012 1:56 pm

    Akshay Redij :
    Welcoming decision, should be capped to 6. 9 is still more. These free SIM Card thing outside stations and stores should be restricted too, wonder what people do with 10-20 SIM Cards.

    What is your problem if I use 1000 of sim cards?? You will pay for those 9 sim cards? I use 4 connections for different purpose(call/data/sms/3G) and my family members also use 5 more connections.these 9 sim cards owner is me.and if the rule implemented,then I can not take any new connection without surrender any existing number/sim card,which is quite impossible for me. Now,It is my headache. You need not suggest to DOT,what they should do and what do not.understand idiot?

    • Prasenjit March 28, 2014 11:54 pm

      Excellent reply. What is your botheration? Some people really need a pretty number of connections, why you and DoT are getting fussy about it?

  • Akshay Redij November 8, 2012 12:42 pm

    Welcoming decision, should be capped to 6. 9 is still more. These free SIM Card thing outside stations and stores should be restricted too, wonder what people do with 10-20 SIM Cards.

  • Raghu November 8, 2012 12:33 pm

    @Saurabh
    yes exactly definitely the company cannot verify to which person they have given the sims since they have given with our documents. So this cap should not be there.

  • Animesh November 8, 2012 12:05 pm

    Cap of 9 Cylinders
    Now cap of 9 Mobile Connections
    what next the Govt is forcing the general public to go on an austerity drive

    No cap of politicians for amount of assets they can own and the amount of corruption they can indulge in ? Great Job Govt of India

  • sahil November 8, 2012 11:39 am

    if they put a cap on no of connection it will really trouble for some,
    but is it for old existing customers or only for new customers

    Also, If they create 11 digit no then it would be very difficult to migrate existing system, DOT should find an alternate way for this

  • Sachin Mali November 8, 2012 11:35 am

    The immediate step is to identify all multiple connections and unlike the present situation where there is only a telephonic verification and subsequent regularisation if it is a 3rd party connection, the government should go after all the re-sellers who are engaged in this malporactice and heavily penalise them to an extent that it serves as a deterrent to others. Unless that is done, the practice will continue unabated. Because what seems to be currently happening is that the customer, trusting the re-seller just hands over his photo and documents to re-seller to activate a number. Then, if and when it is found that the connection given to him is not in his name or if his dox are used to replicate, cries hoarse. These could have been avoided if they had just bothered to question the re-seller and check what has happened to their documents.

  • Asit Paul November 8, 2012 11:31 am

    @DB
    It seems you have not worried about national security concerns due to fake/illegal SIMs and you represent the corrupt resellers and dealers who obtain lots of SIMs by copy/scaning one genuine users Docs and Photo.

  • Saurabh November 8, 2012 8:30 am

    I have 4 connections in my name i.e Aircel, Airtel, Tata Docomo and Videocon and others SIMs I hold like BSNL, Idea and Vodafone are in my father’s name and Reliance GSM in my brother’s name. But I don’t know how much SIMs are issued using my documents. I submitted document to authorized dealers or company’s store. But the guys there can also cheat.

    I checked on Tata, Airtel and Videocon’s my account services and Name and addresses are correct there. Beside this I called Aircel CC and confirmed with them and details available with them is also the same I submitted.

    Reliance My Services also showing correct information whose connection is registered in my brother’s name. Vodafone, BSNL also has the correct info. My cousin has Idea’s franchise and I checked on his system and that also showing connection in my father’s name. But the main concern is, I’m not aware of no. of connection issued which I didn’t bought.

    Take an example- You bought an Idea SIM and dealer issued 5 more numbers on same documents, how will company verify who is the original holder out of 6 without physical identification?

  • Prakash M November 8, 2012 12:23 am

    Better to Recycle of all operator’s inactive numbers for 2months
    then we get relief

  • hiteshanadkat November 7, 2012 11:34 pm

    needs to changes our mentality of keep lots of cell no & as well as trai tarrif policy.

  • Mehboob November 7, 2012 11:06 pm

    To day I discovered that my MTS Mblaze number is not in my name or documents. Means others are using my documents in their connection. So what should I do to inactivate that issued numbers on my documents????

  • Esmail November 7, 2012 11:04 pm

    The only way to keep a tab of the number of connections issued to a person is to make it compulsory for each person in India to have a unique identification number issued by UIDAI which is printed on his Aadhar card. Only when a valid copy of the Aadhar card is submitted then a mobile connection should be issued to the person, and mobile companies should have free access to the online record of all mobile numbers linked to a particular Aadhar number, and if the number has reached 9 connections, then no further connection should be issued on that persons name.
    (Other documents like driving license, passport and pan card are not issued free of cost by the government and so many people would not possess them, and hence cannot be taken as the common criteria, Aadhar card is issued free of cost).
    Also mobile companies should provide the freedom of transfer of ownership of a number from one name to another with the required photo ID and address proof along with the written NOC from the old and new owner of the number.

    • Prasenjit March 29, 2014 12:01 am

      This idea, specially, transfer of ownership sounds excellent.

  • DB November 7, 2012 10:23 pm

    @Asit Paul

    @ ASIT PAUL – MINUS ONE
    What is your F$%^&*g problem if someone has 1 or 100 connections? Are YOU paying his bill????
    >> Good step.
    >> Currenty we can see 100s of Connections issued to a single customers name. Coz corrupt resellers and retailers copy/scan one genuine user’s photo/docs and issues 100s of SIMs with this single photo/docs.
    If this kind of fake/false SIMs are blocked, we can get relief.

  • Arif November 7, 2012 9:58 pm

    Govt made a rule of spectrum, those who have maximum number of subscriber, will get more spectrum, after this telcos started selling SIM card at every corner of area. Telcos put target on seller, due to this these sellers started giving offers and selling of SIM with more talk time at lower initial cost, so people are buying SIMs only to use talk time not for using that number for long time and hence lot of mobile connections are inactive.

  • Sudhakar November 7, 2012 8:36 pm

    I will not surrender. Lets see what this GOVERNMENT does.

  • Sudhakar November 7, 2012 8:31 pm

    I think we are being brought back to the stone age.

    The next restriction will be :
    Each person must walk only 5 Km maximum in a day along the roads because walking damages the roads. Old people should use walking sticks carefully so that road does not get damaged.

    LOL LOL LOL.

    India has again proved that it is becoming SLUM in terms of technology and cleanliness.

  • krishnendu November 7, 2012 6:49 pm

    Asit Paul :
    Good step.
    Currenty we can see 100s of Connections issued to a single customers name. Coz corrupt resellers and retailers copy/scan one genuine user’s photo/docs and issues 100s of SIMs with this single photo/docs.
    If this kind of fake/false SIMs are blocked, we can get relief.

    good point,but then why nine?Then someone takes 1 connection and the dealer sells 8 connections with the papers.

  • Animesh November 7, 2012 6:27 pm

    Animesh :
    IMO
    There is no need to go in 11 digit mobile numbers,STD codes across the country need to tweaked a little,i.e an additional 2 prefix for all STD codes.this should automatically free up the levels 3,4,5 & 6 and unused levels on 7 & 8 series. Once National Number Portability gets going users would be able to use the numbers across the country switching their operators between states,which would reduce the utilization,considering the mobile density is already around 80.00% ,we would need only 40 – 50 million connections to reach 100.00 % mobile density.
    eg Bengaluru code changes from 080 to 0280 would free up all mobile series i.e 80 series 802,803,804,805,806 i.e approx 1 million numbers in each of the series
    Also 11 digit numbers would be tedious,with a lot of synchronization with networks in other countries

  • Animesh November 7, 2012 6:18 pm

    IMO

    There is no need to go in 11 digit mobile numbers,STD codes across the country need to tweaked a little,i.e an additional 2 prefix for all STD codes.this should automatically free up the levels 3,4,5 & 6 and unused levels on 7 & 8 series. Once National Number Portability gets going users would be able to use the numbers across the country switching their operators between states,which would reduce the utilization,considering the mobile density is already around 80.00% ,we would need only 40 – 50 million connections to reach 100.00 % mobile density.

    eg Bengaluru code changes from 080 to 0280 would free up all mobile series i.e 80 series 802,803,804,805,806 i.e approx 1 million numbers

    Also 11 digit numbers would be tedious,with a lot of synchronization with networks in other countries

  • Shakti November 7, 2012 4:49 pm

    No dears they are 8 digit series not 10 of digit, however for complete 10 digit STD codes comes in picture, while giving prefix of 7 and 8 series caution was made not to clash with STD codes of same series..@Tharun George

  • vijay November 7, 2012 4:38 pm

    guru.n :
    @vijay
    2for bsnl 6 is given to tata indicom 3 for reliance 4 for airtel all starting numbers are given to landline operators on pan india basis

    landline operators use only few lack numbers, so remaining no. in that series may be given to mobile operators. And also tell you one thing that this year net addition of mobile will be negative. Operators are discouraging users who are using their sim as 3rd or 4th sim. They have already increased base tariff.

    So There will be only few genuine additions and more deactivation’s.

    There is no need of 11 digit mobile no. If 11 digit series comes in existence then all premium no. will become like normal no and operators will again earn crores by selling premium no. of eleven digit series.

  • Keshav Jha November 7, 2012 4:34 pm

    I find it a good move. Inactive connections should be closed.

  • Pike November 7, 2012 3:30 pm

    If nine sim rule came out means then change the rule of disconnecting inactive number for 60 days to 6 months !
    This will help to keep active without any calls,sms or recharges for 6 months !

  • Ganesh Srinivasan November 7, 2012 3:15 pm

    Theocratically each 10 digit series starting from 1 to 9 can provide for 9 * 100 crore numbers

    Even if few series like 2 / 3 / 4 etc are reserved for landlines, we still have many more compared to India’s population – so where / what is the issue I am not able to understand?

  • Raghu November 7, 2012 3:10 pm

    no this policy should not be implemented as the customer knows how many sims he has bought. the faulty activation of other numbers using our name it may go beyond 9 sims which we are not aware and we are forced to surrender SIMS even if we have not more than 9 sims with us becoz of faulty activation by Dealers.

  • Tharun George November 7, 2012 2:50 pm

    guru.n :
    @vijay
    2for bsnl 6 is given to tata indicom 3 for reliance 4 for airtel all starting numbers are given to landline operators on pan india basis

    2 series is for land lines is justifiable. But 3, 4, and 6 have very less users. Also all mobile operators have 9 series. Landline numbers are less than 7. So Why can’t 10 digit numbers in these series used for mobile?

  • nithin November 7, 2012 2:47 pm

    why should trai think about 11 digit number system, curently operators starts number with 7 and 8 ,these series are not copleted in the nearest future

  • Tharun George November 7, 2012 2:44 pm

    How they will find subscribers with more connection? Almost 9 different ID proof can be submitted to get connection. Searching subscribers of different operators by name isn’t that simple.

    I know 9 series numbers are almost over, but 8 and 7 series only introduced 2 years back. How can it run out so quickly?

    Also what about 6,5,4,3 and other number series?

    Also most operators recently removed many inactive users. I think all operators should remove inactive users and get more number.

  • soumo November 7, 2012 2:37 pm

    AS I HAVE POST EARLIER–GOOD , I AGREE WITH DOT. BUT ACCORDING TO ME. THE MOST IMPORTANT IS TTHAT TRAI/DOT SHOULD CREATE A WEBPAGE WHERE USER CAN INPUT HIS/HER VOTER ID NUMBER OR DRIVING LISENCE NUMBER AND CHECK OUT HOW MANY IS SIM IS ACTIVATED IN HIS/HER NAME. THIS IS NOT ONLY PROVIDE HOW MAY CONNECTION ARE THERE IN THE USER NAME AND HOW MANY ARE THERE WHICH THE USER DONT KNOW…. NOW I ASK DOT HOW CAN WE KNOW THAT WE HAVE MORE THAN 9 SIM F THE AVOBE MENTION IDEA IS NOT IMPLEMENTED. I HAVE 1 BSNL, 1 TATA CDMA, 1 UNINOR. SUPPOSE SAY RETAILER HAVE MISUSE MY DOCUMENT AND HAVE MADE 10 ACTIVE CONNECTION WITH MY DOCUMENT, NOW AGAIN IASK DOT/TRAI THAT WE USER BECOME VICTIMS. PLEASE THINK BEFORE IMPLEMENTIMG PHISICAL VERIFICATION OR 9 SIM CAPPED.

  • PD November 7, 2012 2:32 pm

    This move should be taken with a pinch of salt ! In many cases connections are taken by Head of the Family and the cards used by the other members as per convenience and availability of networks/locations. One wonders as to what is the basis of 9 per indivisual ? Aslo if cap is to introduced suffient period should be given to TRANSFER the sims to AMONG FAMILY members/friends/relatives etc.

    The operators/stakeholders themselves are to be blamed for the chaos for they just sell the cards to show inflated subscribase(by hook or crook) for obvious reasons !

  • Spiderman November 7, 2012 2:23 pm

    We ll think like giving id proof & photo in operators official outlets are safe than local shops ! But the fact I came to know from few of my friends who worked in outlets s that, they are getting commission for each new activation. So they themselves do the scan/print to activate new sim cards with our docs and either they ll either use the Free talktime in that sim or give the sim it to anybody ! Heard this shocking news from docomo outlets

  • Arka November 7, 2012 2:22 pm

    Here,one more question is rising on my mind.if I need to surrender our several mobile connections for this rule,may I choose which sim I want to active and which I want to disconnect? If,the answer is “YES”,then from where and How I can do this?
    Seems like,very complicated rule is coming.

  • guru.n November 7, 2012 2:21 pm

    @vijay

    2for bsnl 6 is given to tata indicom 3 for reliance 4 for airtel all starting numbers are given to landline operators on pan india basis

  • Spiderman November 7, 2012 2:18 pm

    -> 9 SIM limit is ok for a genuine user
    -> Each provider should be able to provide how many active connections exists under our name/idproof unique numbers/address, since we are not sure about the no of sim cards taken with our names.

  • Tapas November 7, 2012 2:15 pm

    another good step by dot.

  • Spiderman November 7, 2012 2:15 pm

    @Spiderman
    @ TT
    pls append this to my prev comment

    How could I know how many SIMS’s are in my name with all providers? Too many sim cards I’ve took already, many got disconnected and many i don’t know even the sim number. Also given id proofs and photo to many shops to take sims & I strongly believe they have used the same to multiple connections.

  • Arka November 7, 2012 2:11 pm

    It is not clear that,whether the limit(9) of taking sim cards for all operators or just we can take 9 sim cards of one operator each?
    If, the limit(9) of taking sim cards for all operators,then it will be serious problem for me(I have several sims for each operator) and any others people(who used to buy new sims and throw away after use it).
    More over,Now-a-days,Sim is available from retailers without documents sometimes.so,the sim card is pre-activated. means,the sim cards are issued by any genuine user’s photo/docs by retailers/distributors.Do not know,I may be the victim also.

  • Raghu November 7, 2012 2:11 pm

    instead of capping of sims on one single person better they disconnect the sim if not used for 6 months instead of Capping and curbing on each customer

  • Spiderman November 7, 2012 2:11 pm

    How could I know

  • Anand November 7, 2012 2:03 pm

    I liked you answer Amit, but Vijay’s answer is not an answer to capping of numbers, controlling of release of mobile connection is important. There are nearly some 10 crore numbers which are not use, further, if we se in all series of 99, 98, 96, etc, it gives nearly 100 crore number all total,

  • Amit November 7, 2012 1:48 pm

    Instead they should just disconnect the SIM if not used for 6 months .
    Its better to add another no and make it 11 digit as said by vijay start with 6,5, and 4.

  • vijay November 7, 2012 1:17 pm

    so we are again heading for rad-tapism, better solution is to start no. series from 6,5&4. every series has 100 crore no. So there will be no problem of new no.

  • Arup November 7, 2012 1:17 pm

    Good job by dot…

  • Mahesh November 7, 2012 1:14 pm

    thats very sad to know,

  • Asit Paul November 7, 2012 1:12 pm

    Good step.
    Currenty we can see 100s of Connections issued to a single customers name. Coz corrupt resellers and retailers copy/scan one genuine user’s photo/docs and issues 100s of SIMs with this single photo/docs.
    If this kind of fake/false SIMs are blocked, we can get relief.

  • Rhishav November 7, 2012 1:06 pm

    Frankly speaking this is not good.. Capping on every single thing..

  • Ashish Kumar November 7, 2012 1:06 pm

    Govt should implement 1 country 1 number before implementing this……