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.

  • Asked on Wednesday, November 7, 2001 | 06:37 PM
    Ak Ak, Patong.

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.

  • Answered on Wednesday, November 7, 2001 | 06:37 PM
    Wasana Yaipoung, Senior Managing Director, Telewiz Phuket.
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