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Illegal to Buy a Phone in China With No ID- But I just Did

Posted by w_thames_the_d on October 5, 2011


This site said this “For the last 12 months it has been illegal to buy a mobile phone in China without presenting ID, but Chinese customers seem as reluctant to be identified as everyone else.”
Hmmm, maybe he has not been to China for just two weeks ago I , for a wee bit extra in price got a phone and chip with no ID. It is really not that hard, after all, this is China.

2 Responses to “Illegal to Buy a Phone in China With No ID- But I just Did”

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  2. Pudding said

    I bought my iPhone without my id and without paying any extra. Right from China Unicom itself.

    But when I bought my 3G sim card for my iPad, Jesus, I thought they were going to do a bio scan for later identification.

    Makes no sense really. They are the same, the iPad uses 3gigs of bandwidth a month and the iPhone 1.3gigs. However the iPhone I can talk on. But I could use the iPad to talk if I really wanted too. So, uh, yeah, makes total and utter nonsense.

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