Prepaid SIM card owners in Indonesia will soon have more than pulsa (phone credit) to worry about, as the government is requiring them to officially register their identities with their mobile number.
The IT Ministry (Kominfo) recently issued a ministerial decree requiring every prepaid SIM card owner — if they haven’t already done so — to register their number with a valid KTP (national ID card) and Kartu Keluarga (Family Card) starting October 31 until February 28, 2018 at the very latest.
Failure to do so will result in the temporary suspension of the services available for that number, starting with a blockage of phone call and SMS capabilities and then blockage of internet services.
To register a new prepaid SIM card, you can text (KTP number)#(KK number)# to 4444. If you have an existing prepaid SIM card but have not registered your ID, you can text ULANG#(KTP number)#(KK number)# to the same number.
Kominfo’s decree did not take into account those who do not own a KTP or KK, such as foreign tourists.
Source: Coconuts Jakarta