KARACHI: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has announced it will block all unregistered mobile phones across the country from October 21, 2018. The decision has been taken to prevent the use of illegal and smuggled phones in the country, which are causing huge monetary losses to the national exchequer.
Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) introduced DIRBS (Device Identification Registration and Blocking System) in May 2018 to identify and counter illegal and smuggled mobile phones.
DIRBS plans to make the imports, utilize and development of mobiles lawful and transparent. Which will consequently upgrade government revenue and will enhance the nature of mobile services to users. DIRBS will guarantee the utilization of legitimate devices on mobile networks.
PTA is sending SMS to all mobile users to alert them before the deadline.
To Verify whether your mobile is compliant or non-compliant you will have to find the IMEI of your phone.
What is IMEI?
IMEI stands for International Mobile Equipment Identity; a unique number per mobile device (phone, tablet, dongle, router, etc.) that uses a SIM card.
How to find the IMEI of your phone:
- By dialling *#06$
- (Android) By going into setting > system > (if about phone not available) system > about phone > Status > IMEI information
- Printed on the back of your mobile phone box
- Remove the back cover of your phone, take out the battery of your phone you will see the IMEI inside battery compartment (applicable to removable battery devices)
Once you have your 15 digits IMEI number then proceed to next step.
Verify/Register your mobile phone:
Visit http://dirbs.pta.gov.pk/ Enter your 15 digits IMEI number in the given field and then press “Check”.
Write A new message > Type your 15 digits IMEI number and send it to 8484. (Charges may apply)
Google Play store > Search For DIRBS > install the app > open app > enter your 15 digits IMEI number
After you enter your 15 digits IMEI number you will receive one of the following messages. The table below explains what each message means.
Table Source: https://dirbs.pta.gov.pk/messages
|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.|
For FAQs visit https://dirbs.pta.gov.pk/faqs