How To Register Your First Free Device By Dialing *8484#

PTA Introduces USSD Registration For DIRBS

What Is DIRBS?

As per the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), all SIM based devices, including mobile phones, tablets and other devices should be registered, otherwise, they will be disabled.

This newly introduced verification system is known as Device Identification, Registration and Blocking System (DIRBS)

Now you can register yourself without any internet access. Through USSD (SMS in short) by dialling *8484#. The process to which has been explained in detail below.

How To Register(For Free) Your First Device?

UPDATE: THIS RULE DOESN’T APPLY ANYMORE, YOU’LL HAVE TO PAY TAX ON EVERY PHONE THAT YOU IMPORT INTO PAKISTAN. HERE’S THE PTA TAX CALCULATOR TO FIND THE TAX AMOUNT.

Step 1: Start off with dialling *8484#.

How To Register Your First Free Device By Dialing *8484#

Step 2: Reply with ‘1’ to start with the registration process.

How To Register Your First Free Device By Dialing *8484#

Step 3: Reply with ‘1’ if you are a citizen or with ‘2’ if a temporary foreigner.

 

Step 4: Reply with ‘1’ if it is your first device to be registered which will be registered free of cost. One device a year is registered free of cost. But the others are charged with some registration fee.

 

Step 5: Enter your passport number. Be sure to check twice before submitting any such details.

How To Register Your First Free Device By Dialing *8484#

 

Step 6: Enter your CNIC number. Remember to check twice again.

How To Register Your First Free Device By Dialing *8484#

Step 7: Reply with the Number of SIM slots you have in your device. As each SIM slot holds a unique IMEI Number.

 

Step 8: Enter your First IMEI Number. IMEI No. can be obtained by dialling *#06# from the desired SIM card.

 

Step 9: enter the second IMEI numbers if you have more than 1 SIM slot.

 

Step 10: Reply with ‘1’ to complete the process or ‘0’ If you feel like re-checking your details. By replying with ‘1’ your request for registration will be submitted to PTA and in case of delay or any query you can check in on PTA’s helpline 0800-55555.

 

Shortly afterward, you will receive a confirmation message along with your credentials.

 

And you are done! Isn’t that simple?

TroubleShooting In Case Of Unsuccessful Registration:

You need to consider the following details if you get the message of an unsuccessful registration in return to the registration request.

  1. The IMEI already exists in the system. And the registration will be failed.

How To Register Your First Free Device By Dialing *8484#

2.If the user enters Passport and CNIC no. or only Passport in case of a foreigner, which is not a traveller or does not travel internationally. The following message will appear and the registration will be failed.

How To Register Your First Free Device By Dialing *8484#

3. If you entered the same IMEI no. for both the SIMs then the following message will appear. The registration will be failed.

How To Register Your First Free Device By Dialing *8484#

4. Entered IMEIs from different devices rather than 1 or more of the same device. The registration will be failed.

How To Register Your First Free Device By Dialing *8484#

5. If the entered IMEI’s first 8 digits (TAC) is not GSMA valid, this message will be shown and Registration will be failed.

How To Register Your First Free Device By Dialing *8484#

6. If the user’s mobile is dual, triple or four SIM and you entered IMEI only for one then the following message will appear and the registration will be failed.

How To Register Your First Free Device By Dialing *8484#

7. Max limit is 5 devices per year. If that limit exceeds the 6th device could not be registered. The following message will appear and the registration will be failed.

How To Register Your First Free Device By Dialing *8484#

8. If the IMEI no. is more or less than 14 digits and more than 16 digits or contains special characters and alphabets. The following message will appear and the registration will be failed.

How To Register Your First Free Device By Dialing *8484#

9. If the IMEI no. is more or less than 13-digits or contains special characters and alphabets. The following message will appear and the registration will be failed.

How To Register Your First Free Device By Dialing *8484#

DIRBS is a great initiative taken to ensure a secure and healthy mobile device ecosystem in Pakistan. And now with the introduction of USSD Registration is has been made even easier. It will only allow the use of legalized devices and will cut down the use of any smuggled or illegal devices. Be sure to act as a responsible citizen and get yourself registered ASAP!

Aiza Riaz Butt

I am a proud Pakistani and an ambitious student who is determined to become a socio-religious revolutionist in the long-run. My relation with the world of technology is not only interest-based but it is our family business and that gives me a double affiliation with it. Hope my words provide you with blessed knowledge. Feel free to hit me up if you have any queries.
  • I’m a Pakistani living overseas and I will be gone from Pakistan before the 60 days are over. Will my phone still be blocked If I’m not in Pakistan?
    I don’t want to pay 40,000 on a device I have already paid taxes on when I bought it in Japan.

    • No if you plan on taking the phone back and using it for a period of less than 60 days here in Pakistan, then do not worry about anything. It won’t be blocked anywhere, except for a local pakistani sim

  • me aaj gaya tha PTA office Islamabad. jo ke ab waha registration process band hogaya hai udar jane ki zarurat nahi hai ab aap kisi bhi mobile franchise pe ja kar eaha 100 rupe dekar pata karskte hain ke kitna tax ayega
    ab free registration bilkul khtam hogui hai ap ko message aa jayga ke kitna tax ayega jo ke aap me kisi bhi bank me jama karane honge
    mere pas Samsung A20 hai jispe 5985pkr tax ata hai

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