Mobile phones for foreigners

Why am I not allowed to have a mobile phone in my name unless I have a work permit or am a part-owner in a Thai company? I have a Thai driver’s license, several bank accounts and subscribe to a UBC service, not to mention a condominium and an automobile, all in my name. I don’t have a job and I don’t have a company, nor do I want either. For the sake of definition, I am retired. Now, to have a mobile phone, I have to have someone else buy it in his name for me.

Ak Ak, Patong.

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A foreigner without either a work permit or a Thai company definitely cannot have a mobile phone in his name because there is nothing we can do if he defaults on the bill. If you want a mobile phone, you will have to ask a Thai or a foreigner who has either a work permit or a Thai company, to sign the agreement using his name, but have the bill sent to the real owner’s address.

Wasana Yaipoung, Senior Managing Director, Telewiz Phuket.

Answered on November 7, 2001.
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K. Wassana seems to have missed an ideal opportunity to promote Telewiz’s One-2-Call package, whereby mobile phone calls are prepaid. According to the Telewiz advertisement in the Phuket Gazette, the cheapest package is 3,900 baht, which includes a phone and 1,800 baht worth of calls. Because calls are prepaid, no documentation at all is required.

Phuket Gazette

Answered on November 8, 2001.
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