How to Check Telkom Mobile RICA Status

Are you looking for information on how to check your RICA status on Telkom South Africa? If yes, then you have come to the right place. Telkom mobile has been growing at an astounding rate over the past few years. In fact, Telkom is probably the fastest growing network in South Africa at the moment. If you are one of their customers, then you may be looking to check the RICA registration status of your SIM. So, how do you do it?

Steps to Check your Telkom RICA Status

The following is how to check your Telkom RICA status;

  1. Put your Telkom SIM into your mobile phone.
  2. If the SIM works, then it means you are RICA registered and you are good to go.

Is it that simple?

Most of the other networks that are out there have USSD codes that can be used to check RICA status. However, the same does not apply for Telkom South Africa. That’s because any SIM that’s not RICA registered will not work on Telkom. So, if your SIM works, it means you are already registered.

What’s the meaning of RICA?

You will hear South Africans talking a lot about their SIMs being RICAed. But what does it mean? Well, RICA stands for Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication-Related Information Act (RICA). It’s a law that came into force in 2003.

Under this law, all cellphone users are required to register their lines. You need to provide your network with your full name and ID number, as well as your contact details. The aim is to make phones that are used to commit crimes traceable.

See Telkom RICA status: Is that all?

Well, the Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication-Related Information Act (RICA) actually goes further than most people are aware. Did you know that the government can use RICA statutes to listen in on your calls and to read your messages?

However, to do so, they do need to get a warrant from a judge. And they need to provide strong cause why they want to bug your phone in order to get the warrant. So, you probably do not have anything much to worry about if you are a law abiding citizen.

Anyway, check out our article on how to check your Telkom balance. Also check out our post on how to check airtime balance on Telkom.

7 thoughts on “How to Check Telkom Mobile RICA Status”

    • Hmmm. That’s a tough one. Unless you can find the makula who sold you the SIM, you are probably out of luck. It’s an enduring issue. Telkom actually has less of a problem than Cell C. There, most people appear to be using SIMs registered in other peoples names. And inevitably when the totsis politely ask these people to hand over the phone, they become stranded. No chance of every doing a SIM swap. So, please, go buy a new SIM and register it in your own name!

  1. I bought a lots off Sims over time. I work on sea and they damage very quickly of sea salt. Now I want too buy a phone and they told me I have too many Sims on my name. How do I cancel AL my simkaarts.

    • Apparently, the following are the SIM card limits in South Africa Vodacom – 100 per customer. MTN – 10 per customer. Telkom – 10 per customer. Cell C does not have a limit. Please call 081 180. As to have the SIMs you no longer use deregistered.


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