Blocking international SMS and calls in China in 2022: disabled by default in some provinces in China, but with the ability to enable on request

Over the past few days, many Chinese media have reported that Chinese mobile operators in Hebei and Henan provinces have closed international SMS by default, while Zhejiang, Liaoning, Jiangxi, Guizhou and other provinces are implementing similar rules.


Recently, Zhejiang Mobile reportedly notified users that it will close the international voice response functions, as well as the voice response functions in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan in batch, and users who need to keep them need to confirm the registration. Not so long ago, three major telecom operators in Henan and Hebei provinces changed the function for receiving international short messages from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan to a closed state by default.


User screenshots show that, according to the requirements of higher authorities, Zhejiang Mobile has fully completed the work of "opening the function of answering international telephone calls on demand." If users need to reply, they need to send 1219 to 10086 to confirm registration by May 20, 2022. Users who do not register or register incorrectly will be disconnected in batch mode.


According to Chinese media news, the relevant person from China Mobile Zhejiang replied that the above online news is correct, and the company notifies customers via text messages. On May 15, Zhejiang Mobile customer service staff reported that the call answering feature for international phones, as well as in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, will indeed be disabled by default.


Even earlier, on March 22, Gongxin Weibo reported that Jiangxi Telecom, Jiangxi Mobile, and Jiangxi Unicom issued a joint statement on strict enforcement of overseas text message fraud.


In addition, Liaoning implemented the closure of functions for receiving SMS messages from other countries, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan from 0:00 January 25, 2022, Guizhou - from 0:00 November 27, 2021, Zhejiang - from 0:00 10 August 2021 There are reports that the above provinces are only pilot projects, and the function to receive SMS from foreign countries, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan will be closed or expanded to the whole country in the future. However, so far, the telephone service of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology reported that the above-mentioned relevant information and notice of planned activities have not yet been registered.


These measures are due to the fact that criminals often commit fraudulent activities through foreign telecommunications: since calls abroad are more difficult to trace, they are more difficult to monitor. Over time, traditional voice and SMS services have been replaced by web-based applications such as WeChat, generating less and less revenue from telecommunications services. If the user wants to receive a text message from abroad in the mobile cellular service, he can apply for activation of the relevant function in time.


At present, almost 80% of the cases handled by the Jiangsu police are related to telecommunications scam gangs in Southeast Asian countries. They commit fraud through corporate operations and decentralized management of multinational networks.


Disclaimer: The above information is provided for informational purposes only, but before any use of the above information, you should be sure to obtain new information from your mobile operator in China.