[FOSDEM] warning about Belgian SIM cards

Sylvia bhkohane at gmail.com
Fri Feb 3 13:58:37 CET 2017

On Fri, 2017-02-03 at 11:33 +0100, Daniel Pocock wrote:
> In previous years, I've always bought a local SIM card as a backup in
> case I couldn't get onto the wonderful FOSDEM wifi and the SIM has
> always worked within 5 minutes.
> I bought one early this morning and it still isn't working yet after
> about 3 hours.  The shop and the customer service line have told me that
> they have to check all new accounts manually now because of "terrorism"
> and pressure from French authorities.  They told me to wait 24 hours
> before asking about it again.  For anybody only arriving in Brussels
> today and buying a SIM in the evening, it is not clear if it will really
> be activated over the weekend or only next week so you may just be
> wasting time and money.
> Apparently, you can still buy tobacco products here and consume them
> immediately and they will eventually kill you but thanks to the
> irrational fear of Muslims, you can't get immediate access to the
> Internet in Belgium.
> _______________________________________________

This is nonsensical. In London there's a tight security to prevent
accidents and terrorism. And SIM cards work immediately! Not to mention
that *manually* nowadays sounds ridiculous. 
Thanks for the warning Daniel, I'm sure you're saving money and stress
to quite a few.


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