Buying a Smart SIM card or a Globe SIM card in the Philippines? A new House bill, Bill 3940, is being proposed by two Mindanao lawmakers in the Philippines with evidently too much time on their hands. This according to a recent January 20, 2011 article in the Philippine Star. Shades of Big Brother! I move to the Philippines and enjoy the relative peace of having the Philippine government not butt into my business to the extent Big Brother in America did, and now these two bonehead Filipino lawmakers want telecommunications firms that sell prepaid SIM cards to activate the purchased card only after entering the name of the buyer. The buyer will now have to present a valid government ID when purchasing a Smart SIM card, Globe SIM card or other SIM cards in the Philippines. Violators would be fined P100,000 to P1 million and imprisoned for one to two years.