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Users will be able to buy back blocked unregistered mobile-phone SIM cards – Bangladesh News 24 hours

  Senior Correspondent,

Published: 2016-05-08 23:26:07.0 BdST Updated: 2016-05-08 23:26:07.0 BdST

Mobile-phone customers will be able to buy their SIM cards back if blocked for not re-registering biometrically within May. 

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A top BTRC official, requesting anonymity, told on Sunday that the users will have to show the blocked SIM or documents to buy the SIM cards again at current market price.

He referred to an instruction the regulators had issued last year which says operators would have to preserve a blocked number for 15 months to then sell it only to the previous owner.

“In line with that instruction, the users will get the option to buy blocked SIM cards back after the biometric re-registration ends,” he said.

The biometric re-registration process started in December last year. The operators have not been selling new SIM cards without biometric details since then.

The government extended the Apr 30 deadline for re-registration by a month after around 12.5 million users could not meet the deadline as their fingerprints did not match.

State Minister for Post and Telecommunications Tarana Halim had said the blocked SIM cards would be preserved for 15 months in consideration of citizens working abroad.

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