How to save your mobile from getting blocked by PTA

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority to block the illegal phones soon. How to prevent? Here is the detail.

Illegal Mobile Phones to be blocked After October 20th: PTA
Illegal Mobile Phones to be blocked After October 20th: PTA

The final phase of Device Identification, Registration and Blocking System (DIRBS) shall begin on 20th October 2018, said PTA. Here is a guide on how to prevent this.

What will the system do?

  • It will curb illegal imports.
  • It will facilitate legitimate device imports and mobile device users.
  • It will improve the overall security situation.

Which devices are safe from getting blocked: 

PTA said that the mobile devices having SIM/IMEI functionality operating on Pakistani mobile networks will not face any service interruption nor will be blocked by DIRBS.

Any mobile device reflecting non-complaint status after 20th October 2018 will be blocked as per Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA)/DIRBS regulations.

“Any mobile device obtained/purchased/imported after 20th October 2018 must obtain PTA Certificate of Compliance (COC) to technical standards.”

How to prevent the mobile from getting blocked: 

To know the status of your mobile devices, you can:

  • Send IMEI of your phone via SMS to 8484.
  • Send IMEI on the website: dirbs.pta.gov.pk
  • Download DIRBS android mobile application from Google Play Store.
Illegal Mobile Phones to be blocked After October 20th: PTA
Illegal Mobile Phones to be blocked After October 20th: PTA

What type of responses you can get?

There are 4 categories of responses that can be received by a subscriber inquiring about the status of its IMEI(s).

Compliant devices are PTA type approved and legally imported in Pakistan.

Valid devices are such devices where the IMEI of the mobile device is valid, however, it is not PTA approved.

To facilitate such users, PTA will auto register all such IMEIs which are observed on the mobile network before 20th October and their status will be compliant after this date.

For auto registration, users are advised to do any revenue generating activity i.e. make any call, send an SMS or use the mobile internet before 20th Oct.

Non Compliant devices are such devices where 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 a mobile network with specific SIMs before 20th Oct.

After this date, those users will be able to use these IMEIs with paired SIMs only.

Blocked devices indicate that your IMEI is blocked as this IMEI has been reported stolen earlier.

It is reiterated that mobile device users should verify their IMEI by sending SMS to 8484 before buying/obtaining any handset.

It is advised to buy only PTA compliant/approved mobile devices. For further details, mobile phone users can visit the PTA website (https://www.pta.gov.pk).

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