Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA Phone verification Online) also known as “Device Identification, Registration, and Blocking System” (DIRBS) is a mobile phone verification system to check whether your phone is compliant or non-compliant.
PTA Headquarters Islamabad. Member Compliance & Enforcement gave the presentation on DIRBS during the event.
In this event, Chairman PTA said that the Authority is cognizant of telecom consumers’ needs and is taking a number of steps to facilitate them in resolving their issues. The launch of this new service is yet another evidence of PTA’s sincerity towards its vision of the protection of telecom consumers and their rights. He said that this system will be implemented to automatically Identify sub-standard, fake, and illegally imported mobile phones, register, and block non-compliant devices on mobile phone networks. This unique system will curb illegal imports, facilitate legitimate device importers, and mobile device users, and improve the overall security situation.
MOBILE PHONE REGISTRATION SERVICE AVAILABLE AT CMOS’ FRANCHISE CENTRES
UPDATE: In order to facilitate consumers wanting to register their mobile devices’ IMEI, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) through Cellular Mobile Operators (CMOs) has made mobile registration service available at CMOs’ franchises nationwide. List of all franchises & customer service centers
- Jazz Facilitation Center
- Ufone Facilitation Center
- Telenor Facilitation Center
- Zong Facilitation Center
The Chairman said that PTA has always been engaged in facilitating telecom consumers with the best telecom services along with due protection of their rights. Chairman further added that the statistics of telecom growth in Pakistan are evident of the satisfaction level of telecom consumers with the quality of telecom services provided to them. He said that today the mobile operators have increased this coverage to over 65% of the population. Broadband subscribers that stood at 1.3 million till 2014 with limited speed offerings today have crossed a milestone of 50 million (2018) with mobile broadband speed crossing 20 Mbs (download) and fixed broadband speed crossing 100 Mbps (download).
It is pertinent to mention here that, through Device Verification System (DVS) telecom consumers can verify the authenticity of their mobile devices in line with PTA regulations via SMS to 8484.
As usual, INCPak brings PTA Mobile Phone verification right here for you as we did when PTA was verifying SIMs.
How to check PTA Phone Verification
Results of IMEI Checks
While checking the IMEI number of your phone through the above three methods, there could be three possible outcomes for your phone:
- Valid IMEI: This means that your phone IMEI is GSMA approved but not PTA approved.
- Invalid IMEI: Not a GSMA approved IMEI, nor PTA approved.
- Compliant IMEI: It is both GSMA approved and PTA approved IMEI number. Depending on your scenario, here’s what you need to do to register your smartphone so that it doesn’t get blocked from normal use later on.
Invalid IMEI Numbers Below are the possible scenarios if your IMEI number is Invalid:
- Your phone is manufactured by a low-end Chinese company that didn’t use a GSMA approved IMEI number
- You flashed your phone (re-installed the software) and now your new IMEI is not GSMA approved
- Valid IMEI (but Not Compliant) There are some phones which could have a Valid IMEI but not Compliant IMEI numbers. This usually happens if:
- You bought a phone from Dubai and took it back with you in Pakistan,
- You ordered a phone from Ali Express that was delivered to you through a courier company,
- You bought the phone from an online store that imported the device from abroad,
- Your cousin brought you a new Smartphone from US,
- You are using a test device issued by phone companies.
If a phone (with valid but no complaint IMEI) was never used even once after the deadline then you will be given around 20 days to register the IMEI numbers with PTA, i.e. by going to PTA’s website and getting a NOC from there.
This is the same NOC that is currently required if you order a phone from Ali Express or from anywhere else.
Not to mention, after the deadline, a customs fee might be required in order to get a NOC from PTA to register the IMEI number.
Also, remember that all those phones with Valid (but not compliant) IMEI numbers will not be allowed to register with Pakistani mobile networks if the deadline expires and if NOC is not obtained.
- Compliant IMEI Those phones with compliant IMEI — that is with Valid and PTA approved IMEIs — need to do nothing. They can continue using their smartphones as they were using before and there is not going to be any restriction on them whatsoever.