Thats not my number(s)
recent Government decision that requires
phone users to supply service providers with personal information has led to some grumbling over the hassle, but also given some people a nasty surprise as they learn that their ID cards were used to register several numbers with different service providers.
Im not ok with that at all. Not only its a serious breach of my privacy when my information was stolen and used without my consent, its also a security risk. What if someone used those numbers, which were under my name, to blackmail people or make death threats or to swindle? Would I be in trouble with the law, then? said a very unhappy customer after he learned that his ID was used to register three different mobile phone numbers.
His worries are far from groundless. There are an absurd number of trash SIM cards in the country. An inspection carried out by service providers earlier this year revealed some 23 million, many of which were used to send spam texts and fraud messages before being discarded with virtually no way to track the perpetrators.
Further inspection of service providers customer database also led to less than reassuring revelations about how easy it is to activate a number. For instance, one single ID was found to have been used to activate more than 18,000 numbers. It is hard to believe that it was done without the providers knowledge for such an action would raise a red flag in any database management system.
Mobile phone users in Vieät Nam will have some time to submit their personal information again if they wish to keep their numbers. Among the many rules, they will be asked to send in a portrait photo. Hopefully this will come as a silver lining amid the bureaucratic burden for the many selfie-lovers out there. Finally, an actual use for years of selfies.
Rent-an-AC business in bloom
Summer is fast-approaching and before long the tropical heat will be in full swing. It is a busy time for stores that sell air conditioners as people are gearing up for another hot summer. They are, however, quite pricey as even a basic model can set you back at least US$300.
Thinking about getting an air conditioner but worried about the high cost? Luckily, you can now rent an AC instead of buying one.
It just makes sense. I dont want to pay in full for something I will probably use for only two, three months a year. After the hottest months, we will just switch back to using fans to save on electricity, said Traàn Quoác Huy, a HCM City resident who just signed a contract on a two month rent of 2 AC units for his house.
There are many rent-an-AC businesses in the city. Most will charge about $25 per month while some may charge more than $40 for newer models and on-site services and repairs. Installation is free but renters are often asked to put down a deposit, which will be returned at the end of the rental period.
We have a little boy over three years-old. He sleeps much better through the night with the AC on. We used rent-an-AC last year for three months. It costs us a bit more than $90, a fraction of the price for a new unit, said Traàn Kim Nguyeân, a mother from District 4 in HCM City, We decided we would go with it this year, too.
Should you find its time to replace that old and noisy AC unit on the wall, maybe take a moment to think whether it is better to rent one or to buy one. You wont have to clean them often, either. That must count as a plus for the rent-an-AC businesses, right? VNS