Prepaid Data SIM Card Wiki

Registration policy per country[]

Prepaid SIM cards used to be fairly straightforward to acquire all over the world. Buyers needed simply to walk up to any place that sells them from convenience stores to vending machines to branded mobile phone stops.  However for security reasons, an increasing number of countries have started to require some form of personal registration from mobile phone users. In almost all countries, registration doesn't prohibit the direct sale of prepaid SIM cards to visitors, but it may still be cumbersome. 

This manual shows a summary of countries that require registration, and if so where visitors should go to register their SIM cards, and what they need to bring.  Although some countries do not require registration but individual telcos do, this page focuses more on where compulsory SIM card registration is enshrined in national law or government regulations. In most cases, the registration happens at the point of purchase, meaning you will register the SIM at the same time you buy it (and will thus require identification at that point) but in some other cases, you may have to complete the registration yourself or go online.

For the country click on the relevant continent:


Asia and Oceania to be added

Hi TIMMY. This is from the admin.

What do you think about this format?

We put only the introduction on the manual and add a gallery with the continents like on the main page.

Through this continent icons or thumbnails we link each table.

68% of all users access this wiki on a small mobile device. I think it's better when we keep it short and link each table.

What do you think? Thanks for feedback