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Old 19-09-2018, 05:49 AM   #6792
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In a normal transaction, the dealer will register the prepaid card and have it activated, before handing it over. Some will use their own device for the activation, or ask if you want to put the card into your own phone.

In some cases, the dealer may only do the registration and leave it to you to do the activation yourself. AFAIK, this is not the SOP given by the telcos.

I personally find it a risk to do the activation later, as we won't know if the registration has actually gone through. There have been instances when the dealers I've dealt with, only realized "system is down/delaying" when they tried to activate the SIM cards that I've bought.

Unless of course, you're fine with having to travel back to the dealer to get the SIM card registered again...
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