Thursday, April 15, 2010

Mexican Cell Phone Debacle - UPDATE April 2010


This whole cell phone fiasco has made the news daily,
in some way or another.

The government has staunchly held firm;
register your cell phone or risk having your service canceled
on April 10th.  
No ifs ands or buts!

Ok, now make that the 16th.
No ifs ands or buts!
There are 83.5 million cell phones in Mexico.

 The registration system is swamped.
Cell phone providers have stacks
and stacks of completed forms
that have not been processed.
They are reportedly working as hard as humanly possible.

There are 3 ways to register - no ID required!
1.  Send text message yourself, easy, direct, should be foolproof.
2.  Register online on government web page.
3.  Go to cell phone outlet shops and they will do it for you.
No problem, right?

The Mexico City news is reporting today that:
Are you ready? 

Mexican TV from DF reports that 5 million cells phones have 
been registered in the name of Felipe Calderón 
and 4 million have been registered in the name of Carlos Slim. 

That would be Felipe Calderón - President of Mexico
Carlos Slim - President/Owner of TelCel,
and the planet's richest man.


  1. Sounds great. My brethern up north could take a lesson from this act of civil disobedience.

  2. Ha ha ha ha ha ha! I can't help but laugh at all of the phones registered to Felipe and Carlos. I cannot wait to share this info with my in-laws! :)

  3. Don't know if it's cause I'm getting older & more skeptical but it sure seems more & more I'm saying, "What were they thinking?"

    They can't turn off all those phones cause Senor Slim is not gonna accept that lost revenue.

  4. I agree, Joe, Señor Slim is a pretty powerful guy. . . I think they're locked in a power struggle as we speak, according to the news reports anyway.

    As we say, vamos a ver. . .

  5. Yikes!!!1
    But really in the end to funny, it sucks because I had hoped that the good intentions of the affair would shine through but so much for that. Thanks for the info I keep telling my husband we need to start getting the news paper we are so in the dark on everything.

  6. Amanda - The whole thing is so silly. You need no proof of anything or ID of any kind to reg a phone. You could steal a phone, register it in some made up name and CURP # and be good to go. It's just silly, a waste of everyone's time. I think it's more political posturing than anything else.
    Ah well, ni modo.