According to a directive issued by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), mobile users now need to register their cellular devices with the authority before October 20 to avoid blockage.
The regulatory authority has launched a verification system called 'Device Identification, Registration and Blocking System' (DIRBS). The system is aimed at ensuring a healthy growth of mobile device ecosystem in Pakistan and it will ensure use of legal devices on the mobile networks.
Update: A delegation of All Pakistan Mobile Union held a meeting with Minister of State for Revenue Hammad Azhar here on Tuesday. During the meeting, Hammad Azhar assured the delegation that the government will not block handsets and also allow them to continue trade in used mobile phones from other countries after law amendment for the particular trade. Meanwhile, a government official told The News that the decision of cellular handsets IMEI blocking after 20th October is being postponed. In this regard, an official statement from the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) is expected soon for extension the date for a week or more.
The import, use, and growth of legal devices will enhance government revenues, improve the quality of mobile service to consumers, preserve network resources of the mobile operators, provide better security and ensure the protection of intellectual property rights.
The PTA had earlier sent notifications to all mobile users asking them to register their smartphones and GSM devices before October 20. It is now mandatory for every user to get the device checked even if he/she has not received the message.
Users who bought smartphone/GPS device abroad also need to register by providing identity card number, the IMEI of the handset and the country’s name where the set was bought.
According to a PTA official, users on roaming services will continue to use their phones, however, they will need to register in case they insert a local sim.
How to get IMEI no:
Every phone has its own unique IMEI no which can be retrieved through following steps:
How to register:
There are three ways a user can register the device.
When a message is sent to 8484, you will receive the following replies:
The PTA, for the understanding of users, has explained the next steps to be taken in case the above replies are received.
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