Still in the lead! Smart hits 17.5-M registered SIMs

Bilyonaryo Manny Pangilinan-led Smart Communications continues to lead the pace of SIM registrations in the country.

Smart reported a total of 17.5 million mobile users who have submitted their personal data as required by the SIM registration law as of Saturday, February 18.

Of the number, 16.36 million are prepaid users for both Smart and TnT while 1.15 million are postpaid subscribers.

Cellphone users in the Philippines are given until April 2023 to register their SIM cards. Failure to do so would result in the inability to access mobile services like making texts and phone calls, and data connectivity.

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