SIM Card Expiration Smart, Globe, Sun Cellular, Talk n’ Text and TM

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How long does¬†it take¬†for your SIM Card to get expire or deactivate¬†for inactivity or unused¬†in the Philippines? Your SIM Card will only starts to expires when your SIM¬†account balance reaches ZERO or no load¬†and you are given additional¬†120 days or 4 months¬†to reload your account to¬†remain active. If you didn’t reach the 120 days deadline, your¬†SIM card will automatically expires and lead to disconnection of your prepaid account. All Telecoms in the Philippines like SMART (Sun Cellular, Talk n’ Text / TNT) and¬†GLOBE¬†(Touch Mobile / TM)¬†are using the same method on sim card validity.


How to Prevent SIM Card From Expiring?

To prevent your prepaid SIM Card from expiring you only need to load your Prepaid SIM card account balance for atleast 1 Peso. Expiration of load will take 6 months to expires, meaning you have almost 10 months from the starts of your SIM Card inactivity before your SIM card gets expires.

How to know if your Prepaid SIM Card expired?

The easiest way to check the status of your prepaid sim card is by inserting your SIM to any mobile phones and if your prepaid SIM can still received signals or received a text message, your prepaid sim card should still valid.

What to do If you have expired SIM Card?

There are no ways to recover or to reactivate SIM card that expires, the only solution is you have to purchase another prepaid SIM card to continue using its service.

Updated as of November 20, 2016.


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  • SIMScard May 14, 2018 9:02 pm

    Ohs, so that’s how longs its wills takes before the SIMs card expires…..

    • Tokin June 21, 2018 1:41 am


  • antonio goyal June 20, 2018 5:15 am

    i have truebled that my pld sim card is deactivated already and i need that sim card number to recieved the yahoo code pasword.pls help.

    • robert han April 3, 2022 3:37 am

      did you get your sim reactivated sir ? please respond. thank you

      • Stephen April 4, 2022 3:46 am

        I have not been able to renew my SIM card. My pleas have fallen upon deaf ears no matter where I turned. I got a new SIM card and new number. I had to go to my bank (stand in line for 2 hours) and to everybody else that uses my old number and change it to a new number. Surely it’s a problem that takes all day to correct, but the cell phone companies don’t care, not even a little bit. It’s a way to keep a small stream of income coming and they do it just because they can. So I make sure to buy the smallest load possible once every 2 months to keep my number active.

  • yoru May 14, 2020 1:38 am

    any updates regarding reform or does the four month rule still applies as of 2020??

  • Ading Ramirez November 1, 2020 2:20 am

    i have an active yahoo account but the sim card has expired. does this means if i replace it with a new one, my account with yahoo recognize the new numbers?

  • Ramir Jabien Maldepena January 17, 2021 2:08 am

    can i keep my cell number in the philippines even though my sim card expired

  • August 20, 2023 1:37 pm

    CORNYYYYYYYYY kung sa pag kain nga may 3 months extend ehh


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