PTA to block unregistered phones by October 20 2018

PTA (Pakistan Telecommunication Authority) has started an activity to register mobile handsets by asking mobile subcribers to SMS their IMEI number to 8484 as part of a drive against fake IMEIs throughout the country. Millions of handsets, have been smuggled or not registered with the PTA.

How to find your IMEI number?

  1. Enter *#06#
  2. Press the Dial key
  3. You will see the IMEI number on the screen
  4. If your phone is dual sim then you will see 2 IMEI numbers on your phone screen

Why is the PTA doing this?

PTA is doing this to:

  1. Block illegal handsets include those with no or duplicated IMEI numbers
  2. Smuggled handsets
  3. Snatched mobile phone sets
  4. SIM-run devices which send SPAM/malicious messages to other subscribers

What will happen after October 20 2018?

People who do not verify their mobile handsets by October 20 face the danger of having their mobile phones blocked and unusable.

How do I verify my mobile handset?

  1. Send your IMEI number via SMS to 6464
  2. Enter your IMEI number on the PTA website at https://dirbs.pta.gov.pk
  3. Install the Android app https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=pk.gov.dirbs.dvspublic

What do I do after I verify my handset?

Once you verify your handset using any of the steps above you will receive any one of the following messages

Message Explanation Action
IMEI is compliant This message indicates that the mobile device is PTA compliant. You can use this mobile device and continue receiving network services without any issue. Your mobile device is genuine and no action required to use it.
Device IMEI is Valid. Insert SIM and make a call/SMS to anyone on or before 20/10/18 date for auto registration. This message indicates that your IMEI of your mobile device is valid as it is GSMA approved, but it is not PTA compliant. To facilitate such users, PTA will auto register all such IMEIs which are observed on Network before 20th October 2018 and their status will be compliant after this date. In order to auto-register all the IMEIs related to this mobile device, it is advised to do any revenue generating activity i.e. make a call, send a SMS or use mobile internet before 20th October, 2018 in order to continue receiving network services. In dual (or more) SIM mobile device(s), revenue generating activity must be made through each SIM slot in order to be auto registered.
Device IMEI is non-compliant. Please insert all your SIMs in this device and use them before 20/10/18 date to continue using this device. This message indicates that your mobile device IMEI is either not allocated by GSMA or it is duplicated. To facilitate such users, PTA will auto pair all such IMEIs which are observed on Network with specific SIMs before 20th October 2018. After this date, those users will be able to use these IMEIs with paired SIMs only. In order to auto pair all the IMEIs related to this mobile device, it is advised to do at-least one revenue generating activity from all SIMs on your name which you want to use in this mobile device, i.e. make a call, send a SMS or use mobile internet from your SIM(s) before 20th October, 2018. In dual (or more) SIM mobile device(s), revenue generating activity must be made using all the SIM slots for the mobile device(s) to be auto paired.
Device IMEI is blocked. Reported stolen. This message indicates that your IMEI is blocked as this IMEI has been reported stolen earlier. If you are the one who has reported this mobile device as stolen/lost earlier and now it is recovered, then contact PTA/CPLC to unblock your mobile device.

Hope the above helped

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