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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Re: Mobile phone registration law in Kazakhstan

Postby trabuccoitalia » Wed May 08, 2019 12:13 pm

At Almaty airport got a Beeline number, showed passport all was fine (except the shop assistant not speaking english, but that's another story)
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Re: Mobile phone registration law in Kazakhstan

Postby tonisl » Thu May 09, 2019 2:46 pm

Hello. Bought beeline without registration at the border few days ago. No questions asked.
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Re: Mobile phone registration law in Kazakhstan

Postby basti.s » Wed Jan 08, 2020 8:14 am

I bought a Beeline SIM package right now in the store between the Friday's Mosque and the train station Almaty 2. It was easy, but they registrated me.

Interesting for travelers to the East: Beeline has an offer for SIM cards that work in Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Ukraine and (good for me) China. I paid 3000 Tenge (about 7 Euro) for 30 days and 20 GB. But until now I don't know how it will work in China.
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