PTA has been planning for years to block the smuggling and theft of phones.
Several plans were made but none were effectively implemented. Now PTA looks as though it has finally made up its mind to implement its Device Identification, Registration and Blocking System (DIRBS).
DIRBS is a system developed by PTA to identify the devices as legal or illegal i.e. smuggled or stolen.
To back up its new system PTA has issued a new deadline of 20th October before which every mobile user should register their devices If not already registered. After the deadline, all unregistered devices will cease to work on every mobile network.
Now, what can you do about it?
First of all, don’t panic! Now find out the IMEI number of your device. To do that there are several ways to go about. Here are the easiest ones:
- Dial *#06# and you will receive a 15 digit number. That’s your IMEI.
- It is also printed on the box in which your phone came in.
- On Android , Go to > Settings > About > Status > IMEI information
- On IOS, Go to > Settings > General > About
Now that you have your IMEI, the next thing you need to do is to check your device status. For that, follow any one of the following ways or more than one, if you are into that kind of stuff (a bad pun I know) :
- Send your IMEI number to 8484.
- Go to pta.gov.pk then > Enter 15 digit IMEI > press ‘Check’
- There is also an Android app for this namely DIRBS app. Install that and enter your IMEI number and press ‘Check’.
Following any of the above ways, you will get a response.
What are the responses, what do they mean and what should you do when you get any one of the responses is explained in a handy table provided by PTA:
|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 your mobile device. reported this mobile device as stolen/lost earlier and now it is recovered, then contact PTA/CPLC to unblock|
Now you are all set. Make sure to get your device registered so you can always come back to us. Cheers!