WHAT IS RICA?

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Rica – the Reg­u­la­tion of In­ter­cep­tion of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Pro­vi­sion of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions-re­lated In­for­ma­tion Act – came into ef­fect in July this year and com­pels you to be­come a reg­is­tered cell­phone user with your net­work provider. To do this, you must reg­is­ter your cell­phone SIM card by the end of Jan­uary 2011.

You need to reg­is­ter your SIM card at your cell­phone net­work provider (Cell C, MTN, Vir­gin Mo­bile or Vo­da­com) if you are: An ex­ist­ing con­tract cus­tomer; An ex­ist­ing pre-paid cus­tomer;

About to take out a new cell­phone con­tract; or

Buy­ing a new pre-paid SIM card. The in­for­ma­tion your net­work provider needs to make you Ri­ca­com­pli­ant is: Your cell­phone num­ber; Your iden­tity num­ber, which you will have to ver­ify by pro­duc­ing your green bar-coded iden­tity doc­u­ment, a tem­po­rary iden­tity cer­tifi­cate, or a valid pass­port or travel doc­u­ment and a cer­ti­fied copy of the ver­i­fi­ca­tion doc­u­ment.

Your res­i­den­tial and postal ad­dresses; and

Proof of your res­i­den­tial or em­ploy­ment ad­dress, us­ing ei­ther a cur­rent util­ity ac­count or a re­cent bank state­ment (not more than three months old).

Your cell­phone net­work provider will keep a cer­ti­fied copy of your iden­tity doc­u­ment on file.

If a mi­nor buys a cell­phone starter pack, his or her par­ent or guardian is re­spon­si­ble for reg­is­ter­ing the SIM card and pro­vid­ing the nec­es­sary Ri­care­lated in­for­ma­tion.

If you fail to reg­is­ter by the Jan­uary 2011 dead­line, your SIM card will be dis­con­nected from your cell­phone provider and ren­dered use­less un­til you meet the Rica re­quire­ments.

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