Non-complaint mobile phones will block from 16th Jan

Islamabad, January 15, 2019: Timeline for registration of mobile devices under Pakistan Telecommunication Authority’s (PTA) Device Identification Registration & Blocking System (DIRBS) is being end midnight of January 15, 2019, after that all non-compliant devices will be blocked.

Sources told that all smuggled, theft and counterfeit mobile phone cell phones will be blocked from Wednesday, January 16, 2019, if not registered with PTA.

Earlier, the deadline for registration of non-complaint devices was Dec 31, 2018, but later it was extended upto January 15, 2019 to facilitate the general public.

As per directives issued by Federal Government regarding extension in timeline for registration of mobile devices under PTA’s DIRBS, all mobile devices which are already activated on cellular mobile networks within Pakistan by 15th January, 2019 will remain operational without service disruption. Even non-compliant devices in operation prior to this date will be tied to these numbers and will remain operational till the useful life of the device.

PTA developed/established Device Identification Registration & Blocking System (DIRBS), in line with Telecom policy 2015, issued by Ministry of Information Technology & Telecom, section 9.6 with the aim to curtail the counterfeit mobile phone usage, discourage mobile phones theft and protect consumer interest.

All Pakistani mobile device users wishing to know status of a device can send each 15 digit IMEI number via SMS to 8484. The status of the mobile device can also be checked via PTA website link. However after the deadline non-compliant cell phones will block.

Now on arrival of Pakistan, passengers will be allowed to carry one cell phone for their personal use, while in case of more than one cell phone they have to pay custom duty as per structure define by the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR). In addition, the PTA’s system will also help to recover theft mobile phones devices, if reported with PTA.

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