As the registration of mobile Sim Cards kicks off fully across the state, network agents have unveiled the benefits accruable from the exercise.
Speaking to The Tide in Port Harcourt, an agent of the MTN network, Paschal Coxon, said one of the major benefits of the exercise was the retention of phonebook information, text messages and airtime upon loss of the Sim Card.
Coxon said “ordinarily, when a Sim Card gets lost, all you can do is to get back the welcome pack which is just your number and every other information is gone. But upon this registration, you are not only getting the welcome pack but the contents of your phone and so you have nothing to lose”.
He maintained that the registration exercise would eradicate the quest for Sim Cards in cases of loss and urged all subscribers of the various networks to participate in the exercise.
Also speaking, Mrs. Peggy Dickon, of Corporate Communications, Ikwerre Road averred that the exercise was just as the usual census enumeration being carried out by the state governments, adding that rather than harming the individuals, it would give them the assurance of their networks without any cost.
Dickson revealed that it was only the MTN network that has been fully engaged in the exercise maintaining that other networks have only started in a silenced manner.
“For now, it is only MTN network that is pronounced in this registration exercise. Other networks though have started only with the agents that have come to get information, clarifications and materials from them,” she said.
While calling on users of mobile telephone users to embrace the exercise, Dickson, however, warned against registration with vendors to avoid misinformation.
In her words “it is not advisable to go to any of these roadside shops or vendors to register. You can only register with dealers or sub dealers with any of the networks for authencity”.
Some mobile phone users who have complied with the exercise told The Tide that the exercise was a good one in a country where personal data are hardly recognised in cases of fraud.
According to Peter Ogbologwung, “for once we can be sure that information about us are stored somewhere and can be traced if we have some problems with our sim cards.
Rosemary Amadi also commended the Nigerian Communications Commission for the initiative describing it as timely and worthwhile.
The Tide also gathered that information about the registration has not travelled to a reasonable extent which had delayed the compliance of phone users.
It would be recalled that the NCC commenced sim card registration on May 1 with the aim of reducing criminal activities including kidnapping which are mostly perpetrated through mobile phones and subsequent tracking of fraudsters.
The registration exercise requires the name, phone number, address, date of birth, gender and passport of sim owners.