Skip Nav
Geek Culture
If Disney Princesses Were Star Wars Characters, This Is How Awesome They'd Look
If You Try to Figure Out the Mistake in This Math Problem, It'll Make You Go Crazy
Digital Life
6- and 7-Year-Olds Couldn't Solve This Math Test Question, and We're Not Surprised

Should You Have To Register a Prepaid Cell Phone?

Should You Have to Show ID to Purchase a Prepaid Cell Phone?

A new proposal in Washington would require customers to show a form of ID before purchasing a prepaid cell phone. The bill is aimed at stopping terror suspects like the one in the recent Times Square bombing plot (or, you know, every suspect ever on Law & Order). If passed, the law would also require companies to keep the information on file for 18 months after deactivation, similar to traditional contract-based calling plans.

On one hand, I support the measure if it's an issue of safety, on the other, isn't this why prepaid phones exist? For anonymity? Civil liberties advocates agree, saying that there needs to be a place in society for anonymous forms of communication. What do you think?

Around The Web
Join The Conversation
LKopel LKopel 6 years
Absolutely NOT! We are already over tracked in this society. If they didn't use a prepaid phone, it would be Skype or some other VOIP. I have prepaid phones and I use a Google Voice number. Yes, I am still leaving a trail, but I control the trail of my information. I can purge that prepaid cell from my GV profile if I choose. And, it's how I choose to spend my money - many people look down on prepaid phone users. I simply choose to spend my money wisely for my situation. I am not a criminal for using a prepaid phone and I shouldn't have to disclose anything just because I don't want a 2 year contract and hefty monthly bills and want to pay cash!
hex913 hex913 6 years
I have known several people who've had their bank card numbers stolen (including myself), and every time the criminal was purchasing one of these pre-paid phones. If they'd have had to show ID, they couldn't have gotten away with it.
socalbeachgal socalbeachgal 6 years
I'm torn on this one, I can see the need to know who purchased a phone; on the other hand I don't think anyone's civil liberties should be taken away from them, including the right to privacy if one chooses.
megank1991 megank1991 6 years
People think that far too many things are "rights". You don't have a right to have a cell phone, it's a privilege based on if you can afford to own one or not. People who want to be anonymous almost always want to be because they seek to do harm.
Why You Need to Learn to Talk in 140 Characters or Less
The Fitness Marshall Female Empowerment Quote
Raising Safe and Smart Kids
Expensive Cell Phones
The Boost Mobile Commercial Uses Armpit Hair to Say Hidden Cell Phone Fees Are Wrong
Cell Phone Addiction
Ikea Junior Beds Recalled
Celebrity Parents on Phones
James Corden's Monologue About Manchester Attack 2017
Prince Philip Over the Years
From Our Partners
Latest Technology & Gadgets
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds