Non standard IMEI Mobile devices to be blocked from December 1


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PTA’s long-anticipated Device Identification Registration and Blocking System (DIRBS) will become operational from December 1, it was announced on Wednesday. Users who wish to know the status of a device can send its 15 digit IMEI number via SMS to 8484.

As per report, after December 1 all such mobile devices that have a non-standard International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) will be blocked by the PTA.

The DIRBS is an indigenous solution aimed to combat the use of smuggled or counterfeit sets which either serve to reduce tax revenues for the state or pose health problems to unsuspecting consumers.

Devices that were bought before December 1, and are not registered with the PTA, will still remain operational if they have a network connection. The authority will pair those handsets with the number of the SIM that is inserted in the device.

PTA has repeatedly reminded consumers to confirm the status of their mobile device through Short Messaging Service (SMS). The status of the mobile device can also be checked via PTA website  or by downloading DIRBS android mobile application.



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