Mobile Numbers Not Linked With Aadhaar Number Will be Deactivated After February 2018

Earlier this year, the Supreme Court passed an order and provided a deadline of exactly one year- February 6, 2018, for the existing mobile subscribers to link their SIM card with their Aadhaar number. And now, a report from PTI says that the “government is moving ahead with linking Aadhaar with mobile SIM cards and all unlinked phones will be deactivated after February 2018.”


The report says that Aadhaar mobile linkage has made a mandatory one now as per the orders of Supreme Court passed in February this year in Lokniti foundation case and all SIM cards have to be verified with Aadhaar within a year from the date of judgement, with all unlinked phones to be deactivated after February next year, so criminals, fraudsters and terrorists cannot use the issued SIMs.

It is also revealed that telecom operators are not supposed to store the biometrics or any other personal data of the subscriber. “Biometrics collected should be encrypted by the telecom company and sent to UIDAI at that moment itself and any storage of biometric by a service provider is a criminal offence punishable with up to three years of imprisonment under the Aadhaar Act 2016,” adds the report.

The Supreme Court on February 6 passed an order and provided a deadline of exactly one year – February 6, 2018 – for compliance. The court had stated that “an effective process has been evolved to ensure identity verification, as well as, the addresses of all mobile phone subscribers for new subscribers. In the near future, and more particularly, within one year from today, a similar verification will be completed, in the case of existing customers.”

Following the order, the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) had issued instructions to all operators to verify all existing mobile subscribers (Prepaid & Postpaid) through Aadhaar based E-KYC process on or before February 6, 2018. “All licensees shall intimate their existing subscribers through advertisement in print/electronic media as well as SMS about the orders of the Supreme Court for re-verification activity and shall upload the complete details of this activity on their website,” the department of telecommunications said in a notice issued in March.

The only procedure to link your Aadhaar number with a mobile number is by heading over to the nearest customer support store and asking the executive to get the job done.

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[…] The Supreme Court, in its order dated November 3, had directed that in the messages which are sent by banks or service providers, for linking of Aadhar with Bank accounts or phones should be specifically stated that the last date for linking Aadhaar number for re-verification. The last date for linking bank accounts with Aadhaar is December 31, 2017, while the last date for mobile connections is February 6, 2018. […]

September 11, 2017 3:51 pm 3:51 PM

Also each mobile operator should provide the details of mobile numbers linked with his Aadhaar number .so that every one can verify their identity is not misused.Jio is already providing this information (if tried to link another jio number on my jio app, list of mob numbers registered with the primary number’s Aadhaar will be listed for easy selection )

September 11, 2017 7:24 pm 7:24 PM

Yes. This should be there.

September 11, 2017 3:28 pm 3:28 PM

I checked with a couple of operators. One Aadhaar Number can be linked to a max of Nine connections across operators.

Shivang Singh (SS)
September 11, 2017 6:07 pm 6:07 PM

Its pretty confusing. I contacted an operator and they said that they don’t have a method to cross check the number or connections as Aadhaar is only used to get personal info and number of phone connections are not stored by UIDAI. Anyways, whatever be the limit, i think 9 connections are enough for a person.

The real pain in ass is Jio where they are not deactivating my unused connection even after 10 months of inactivity. They said to dispose of the SIM and the number will be cancelled when the time comes.

September 11, 2017 7:23 pm 7:23 PM

Thats what I was wondering. How would an operator know the upper limit is crossed if the connections are of multiple telcos ?!?

Nevertheless i agree 9 is sufficient for a family of 4/5 people. The granddads will have to lend their credentials in Feb 2018 in the highly unlikely event that the SC declares the linking mandatory !!

September 11, 2017 5:23 pm 5:23 PM

Is that 9 connection per Aadhar card or 9 connection of a particular company per Aadhar card . Please clarify

September 11, 2017 6:39 pm 6:39 PM

9 Connections per Aadhaar. Can be from single telco or multiple telcos. But the overall ceiling is 9.

September 11, 2017 10:33 pm 10:33 PM

Thanks for your reply