Mobile phone registration law in Kazakhstan

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Mobile phone registration law in Kazakhstan

Postby itfcfan » Sat Jan 05, 2019 7:37 am

According to news reports in Kazakhstan, a law requiring mobile phone registration came into force on 1st January 2019. This registration appears to require a Kazakh ID card - I don't know what options there are for foreign visitors / temporary residents.

I'm in Kazakhstan since last week, using a Beeline SIM I purchased a few years ago. So far my phone line is still working. I also have a KCell SIM also purchased a few years ago - this is also still working but has received an SMS requesting registration be carried out.

I'm due to leave Kazakhstan next week. If I get a chance (or if my line stops working) I'll attempt to register to see how it works for non residents. If anyone knows more, please reply.
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Re: Mobile phone registration law in Kazakhstan

Postby steven » Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:10 am

I am also curious to see how this pans out. Aggregating info here: https://caravanistan.com/phone-internet/kazakhstan/
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Re: Mobile phone registration law in Kazakhstan

Postby itfcfan » Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:00 am

A quick update. I left KZ on the weekend - both Beeline and Kcell SIMs kept working without registration.

Possibly something will change in the future, but for now unregistered SIMs are still working...
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Re: Mobile phone registration law in Kazakhstan

Postby Bakhtiyark » Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:26 am

I can confirm that sim-cards are still working without registration despite talks of rendering them unusable unless registered, At least for now.
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Re: Mobile phone registration law in Kazakhstan

Postby Granite2018 » Tue Jan 29, 2019 4:06 am

I walked into a mobile phone shop in Almaty yesterday and bought a Beeline simcard and package without even showing my passport. Registration wasn't mentioned.
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