Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Jeddah's SIM card black market thriving  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Arab News - 22/08/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN - Arab News) Consumers have been warned against purchasing phone SIM cards from unauthorized vendors.

'Several SIM cards are being sold by illegal expats particularly along Palestine Street' Lt. Nawaf Al-Bouq Jeddah police spokesman told Arab News.

'More than 50 illegal vendors have recently been arrested for selling unauthorized SIMs.'

One vendor defended his business.

Thamer Saber a SIM card vendor told Arab News that he has been selling them for the past four years along a sidewalk in Jeddah's downtown area and has been getting the cards from various companies.

'Prices differ from one company to another but they are all legal and are obtained at decent prices after which they are sold to customers' he said.

Not all vendors do business the same way.

Khaled Hussien also a SIM card seller said he gets the cards from different telecom companies and that they are usually registered under the name of an anonymous worker who likely works at one of these companies.

'They are then easily transferred under the name of the customers if they wish' he said.

According to Hani Al-Yafi also a vendor most customers are illegal expats who do not have the documentation needed to buy these prepaid cards directly from the companies.

'Underage children also typically buy these SIM cards because they do not have proper identification to buy them legally' he said.

Prices widely vary from anywhere between SR400 and SR2000 or more a vast difference from the price of brand new SIM cards sold at SR50 to SR150.

Ali Ahmed a mobile shop owner on Palestine Street said these vendors are a nuisance and distract shop owners and customers.

'These sellers often sell cards that are still registered under the names of their original owners' he said. 'Authorities need to intervene and shut them down.'

 


Arab News




  MENA News Headlines
 May 7 2015 - Sudan shoots down Israeli droneThe Journal Of Turkish Weekly
(MENAFN - The Journal Of Turkish Weekly) Following reports of explosions and a military attack in Sudan early Wednesday morning, Arab media cited the Sudanese army as saying it shot down an Israeli ...

 May 7 2015 - Saudi Deputy Crown Prince in Kuwait on fraternal visitKuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) Saudi Deputy Crown Prince, Second Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Chairman of Council of Economic Affairs and Development Prince Mohammad bin ...

 May 7 2015 - His Highness Amir holds luncheon banquet for Saudi Deputy Crown PrinceKuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on Wednesday held a luncheon banquet in honor of Saudi Deputy Crown Prince, Second Deputy Prime ...

 May 7 2015 - His Highness Amir meets Saudi Deputy Crown PrinceKuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on Wednesday received visiting Saudi Deputy Crown Prince, Second Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of ...

 May 7 2015 - Saudi Deputy Crown Prince leaves KuwaitKuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) Saudi Deputy Crown Prince, Second Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Chairman of the Council of Economic Affairs and Development Prince Mohammad bin ...

 May 7 2015 - EU lifts Schengen visa for UAE citizensKuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) The EU and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) signed a Schengen visa waiver agreement at a ceremony in Brussels Wednesday afternoon.The new visa regime provides for ...

 May 7 2015 - NCFROF welcomes GCC call to host Syria opposition conf.Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) The National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces (NCFROF) welcomed a call by the GCC countries during their leaders' meeting on Tuesday to ...

 May 7 2015 - US- Obama to push for Gulf missile defence shieldThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) US President Barack Obama is expected to make a renewed US push next week to help Gulf allies create a region-wide defence system to guard against Iranian missiles as he ...

 May 7 2015 - Racist crime in EU on the rise - reportKuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) Civil society organisations across the EU reported an increase in racist crimes in 2013, in particular against Black and Asian ethnic minorities, Roma, Jews and ...

 May 7 2015 - Pakistan desires boosting ties with Bahrain - PMKuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) Pakistan's Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said that his country wants to enhance cooperation with Bahrain in all areas of mutual interest, ...

more...


 






Google

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help