RICA is RI-tarded.

Posted by Ryc0v
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So, after many months of callously ignoring begging sms's from Vodacom to register my SIM card. I decided to finally walk the distance to a suitable shop and get it done.

After a lengthy queue and a slow typing helper, I managed to get my proof of residence, ID number and sim number down. Just to be told that my SIM was not available on the network.

As I had just used it a few hours before attempting to register it, I was rather surprised at this strange report. I walked to a nearby MTN store and asked why my RICA might not work, and they told me that the service was down.

"DOWN?!" I hear you cry in surprise. I know, I was also confused.

However, tt is fitting that two days prior to the final deadline, the service experiences load problems, but you'd think that they'd have planned for this? That perhaps a large amount of people that procrastinated doing so a year ago, would choose now or tomorrow to register their phones so that they are not cut off? So not only did I walk there for no reason, I now have a unRICA'd phone and a very annoyed state of mind.

Good job to the South African telecommunications network structure. Pity the same attention afforded to the distant-memory that was our FIFA world cup wasn't used to prepare for the mass exodus of registration attempts to conform to the police-state requirements.

(I'm looking for a way to feel like a spy. I'm considering giving them my old residential address, so if the government agents ever coming looking for me, I have some warning. Yes, I play a lot of computer games. No, I am not in any way required to have a medical professional with me in public. Thank you for your concern).

 

 

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Doolally
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Doolally Tuesday, 28 June 2011

LOL I loose my phone on a regular basis and feel no compulsion to have a contract phone... so every three months I go throu what you have just experienced! yes about every three months I need to rica a new sim as I need a new phone as the old is either lost or stolen. I would have thought these brain boxes would have fiquered away of letting people rica online... not so though...>:(

Ryc0v
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Ryc0v Tuesday, 28 June 2011

I even googled RICA'ing online. I mean, you enter in a number or two, and then fax/scan a Proof of Residence to them? Or better yet, stop recording where we live and be happy in the fact that you have our ID, which includes with it our place of residence (at least when we got the ID).

The world is crazy. I can virtually farm piglets but not set up my phone to be recognised as mine? :P

the_merchant
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the_merchant Tuesday, 28 June 2011

I never took my phone to get RICA'd, yet the Vodacom website shows that it is indeed RICA'd. I wonder where they think I live...

Ryc0v
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Ryc0v Tuesday, 28 June 2011

I recommend you take this opportunity to start organizing illegal arms deals with your phone (sell it to a crime lord, and buy a new house with what he pays for it). :P

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Jawellnofine Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Friday the 1st of July will indeed be an interesting day. Will the networks switch off the around 15% of users that have not RICA'ed?

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