Published on November 1st, 2008 | by Babar Bhatti34
Send SMS To 667 To Verify Your SIM Ownership
As covered here before, the process to get a new SIM has undergone many changes. The franchises are following the PTA guidelines strictly as well. You need to provide the original NIC and a thumb print to get a SIM. The franchises are connected online (and via their mobile phones) to NADRA systems to verify the NIC. Individuals can send a blank message to 667 to verify their ownership. The response includes the name of the person and the NIC number. If you just purchased a new SIM then the data is not available for a few days and you’ll get a message with Unknown name and 1111 as NIC.
Do you see any security and privacy issues? There is no security mechanism (such as a PIN). Anyone who gets a hold of your phone can get the name and NIC. If you lose your phone then the thief can know your name and NIC number.