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SIM Cards Should Not be Issued to Minors: DoT

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has said that telecom operators can't sell any new sim card to any person who didn't cross 18-years of age.

SIM Cards Should Not be Issued to Minors: DoT

Sentinel Digital Desk

NEW DELHI: A person under the age of 18 cannot purchase any SIM cards from any of the telecom operators in the country.

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has said that telecom operators can't sell any new sim card to any person who didn't cross 18-years of age.

Selling a SIM card to a minor or an ineligible person will be an illegal activity by the telecom operator.

According to reports, if any person wants to take a new SIM card he/she has to fill a form Customer Acquisition Form (CAF) which is a contract between customer and telecom service provider.

This form specifically states some terms and conditions which should be met by both the TSP and the customer.

Since CAF is a contract between the customer and the TSP, it is governed by the Indian Contract Law, 1872. According to the law a person a person making the contract should be at least 18 years of age or 21 years in case the court has appointed him/her a legal guardian.

DoT recently said that SIMs should not be given to minors in India. Since it is a contract between the TSP and the customer, only eligible adults can make the contract. So how many SIM cards a customer can purchase in his/her name?

A person only can by maximum of 18 SIM cards. In which nine can be used for mobile calls and another nine for M2M communication.

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