By Innovation-sa on November 22, 2017 in News

The Communication and Information Technology Commission (CITC) announced that entering ID number or Iqama number along with prepaid card number is not required for recharging pre-paid mobile phones from November 15 onwards.

Earlier in 2012, CITC made it necessary to enter iqama number while charging, recharging and transferring balance via prepaid cards. Its aim was to deactivate all illegally obtained prepaid sim cards.

Meanwhile, with the implementation of Value Added Tax (VAT) from January 1, 2017, telecom services such as mobile phone, fixed line, data and digital services will be subject to 5 percent VAT. This will lead to reduced talk-time for prepaid customers, for instance, a prepaid voucher of SR 100 will only offer a talk-time of SR 95. On the other hand, post-paid users are likely to obtain bills with VAT added to it.