The Spanish Interior Ministry, equivalent to the UK’s Home Office, has reminded all users of Pay As You Go mobile phones that they must register them within three months. It seems that several million PAYG users have not taken seriously the Government’s requirement to register their phones before 9 November, and users have now been reminded that if they fail to do so they will lose their telephone lines and numbers.
The Ministry stressed that under Government legislation mobile phone operating companies will have no choice but to deactivate any SIM cards that have not been identified by 9 November. Registration is simple, and just involves going to any point of sale run by a user’s mobile operator with ID, which in the case of foreigners will be passport, old-style Residencia or new-style Certificado de Registro.
The requirement will only affect users of PAYG mobiles bought before November 2007 because all those bought subsequently will have been registered upon sale under the Electronic Communication Data Conservation law of 9 November 2007. Under this legislation, mobile details can be demanded by a judge investigating serious crimes. In the main, of course, it is intended to be an anti-terrorism measure, but everyone must comply with the requirement to register their PAYG mobiles. Any who do not will lose their lines and numbers. Canarias7