In the recent statement, Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA) has asked mobile phone users in the country to register both IMEIs of their handsets if they are using dual SIM supported mobile phones before August 31st. If not done so, the unregistered IMEIs may be blocked.
We know that each mobile phone has its unique IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) but with the advancement of technology, the manufacturers have introduced dual or multiple SIMs supported handsets. Such devices have same number of IMEIs enabling users to use multiple SIMs on the same device.
Not to mention here that PTA has already introduced DIRBS and made it compulsory to register IMEIs of the handsets once imported or brought in Pakistan by travellers. The Authority has observed such instances where users with dual SIMs have registered one IMEI number against the slot they use. The statement issued by PTA says:
“Mobile device users with one IMEI registered, and the second IMEI not registered are advised to register all IMEIs. After August 31, the unregistered IMEI in a dual SIM mobile handset will be blocked.”
Moreover, PTA has further advised users desirous to register such devices to send an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with details such as a screenshot of the device showing all programmed IMEI, the screenshot of device box showing IMEI(s), copy of CNIC and contact details of applicants for speedy processing.
It is worth mentioning here that PTA is committed to evaluating all such requests, and validated cases will be registered accordingly. However, after August 30 such SIM slots would not be registered or entertained.
How to Check IMEI Validity for the second slot?
So now, you must be thinking about how you can check the validity of your second SIM slot’s IMEI. Just go through the following steps and know all the details:
- First dial *#06# from your dial pad.
- You will get a pop-up that displays all the IMEI numbers of the phone (depending on whether you have a single SIM or dual SIM phone).
- The validity of all the IMEI numbers can be either checked by sending the IMEI number to 8484 in a text message.
- Or you can visit the PTA website to check it.
- Android users can also download the DIRBS Android mobile app to know this status.