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Comment Australia has had this for ages (Score 1) 556

In Australia when you purchase and/or activate a SIM/Celluar service you must provide ID of one form or another. They accept government issue ID or a credit card number. It can be done in person, online or over the phone. We don't care about the device, just the celluar service. The data is not collected by the government but the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) which is and industry group with the members being our carriers, they also maintain the IMEI blacklist for phones reported stolen and all carriers subsribe to it, so a stolen phone can't be used on any Australian network

Comment They are doing this in Australia too but ... (Score 2, Informative) 217

I just read the other day that Qantas is going to do this on some flight is Australia, but they are restricting use to Messaging and Data use only, so NO CALLING, Yeah!!
The last thing you want on a Red-Eye flight to/from Perth etc is some numbskull blabbering on his phone.

However it will be just like international romaing so its probably going to cost an arm and a leg to use

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