Proposed new bill would mandate IDs to be checked for the purchase of a prepaid phone

Proposed new bill would mandate IDs to be checked for the purchase of a prepaid phone

The unpredictable economy has made somewonders for the prepaid market as they continue to reap profitsas consumers see the value in going the no-contractroute, but there is still this underlying gray area that can beassociated to criminal activities. Just about anyone can go to aretail store and pick up a prepaid phone without having to besubjected to the usual ID verification check that's in place when one would sign up for a postpaid phone. However, there is a newproposed bill which would mandate customers purchasing a prepaidhandset to register it and provide identification at the time ofpurchase. Drug traffickers, terrorists, and even gang members havelonged used prepaid carriers to conduct their illegal activitieswhich can thwart law enforcement officials. If this bill does go through,wireless carriers would be responsible for obtaining information andkeeping records for their prepaid customers so that law enforcementofficials can identify them if needed for a specific investigagtion. Senator ChuckSchumer said, “This proposal is overdue because for yearsterrorists, drug kingpins, and gang members have stayed one stepahead of the law by using prepaid phones that are hard to trace.”

source: Yahoo via Mobileburn



1. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

If it'll clean up the retard drug gang activity and radical islamist, I don't mind. As long as they don't abuse this practice.

2. mashirotenshi

Posts: 7; Member since: Mar 15, 2010

It'll always be abused. I know how these phones are used but I believe a law like this would lead to more restrictions and government control. Since homeland security this country has become more and more paranoid. I'd rather law enforcement just hire smarter hackers and be a bit more brutal in their investigation than have even more regulations...

3. tshow84

Posts: 65; Member since: Jun 11, 2009

and what about the underage kid whos parent will only allow them to buy prepaid but drops them off at the mall to do it? thats most of my prepaid customers....

4. hallfrankg

Posts: 30; Member since: Nov 16, 2009

Not to worry I will NEVER pass...

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