Paying the Price for your Superstitions – SIM cards going for as much as 100,000 baht

 | Tue 8 Oct 2013 09:52 ICT

CityNews – There are an increasing number of Thai people  it is reported who are paying through the teeth for nothing more than a phone number.

While changing your name might bring you good fortune, or even donning an ostensibly sacred amulet, the craze right now is getting your hands on divine digits.

Yes, if your phone number starts with 09 it’s believed by many Thai gnom gnai (superstitious) people that you will run into a brighter future that that of the ill-starred 08 crowd.

TV celebs have come out recently expressing how they have joined the ranks of the lucky 9s, and while the number was available in the past it has lately become a high demand digit.

To get their hands on a 9 the believers have been buying new SIM cards, but shops have been raking in on people’s beliefs by charging high prices for certain super lucky numbers. It was reported that as much as 100,000 baht is being charged for the most divine numbers.

Truemove, whose recent motto was ‘Giving is best’, are standing by their conviction and are giving out 09 numbers. In fact, they have the monopoly on 09.

It’s also reported that there are dealers buying lucky numbers and then re-selling the numbers. For instance, whoever has the SIM card for 09 999 can now put it on the market and make a tidy profit. So check your number today, you might be holding onto a golden egg. Oh, and if someone calls your lucky number looking to buy, don’t be surprised.