PTA Successfully Blocks 108,031 Mobile Phones Using IMEI in One Year

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has successfully blocked 108,031 mobile phones over cellular networks in Pakistan under its newly launched system to curb left mobiles during last 1 year. PTA also unblocked 3,962 mobile phones during this mentioned period.

PTA Successfully Blocks 108,031 Mobile Phones Using IMEI in One Year

The system of blocking and unblocking on the basis of International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number successfully blocked following number of mobile phones in Pakistan during recent years:

  • 157,826 mobile phones in 2007-2008
  • 127,568 were blocked in 2008-2009
  • 130,298 blocked in 2009-2010
  • 111,545 blocked in 2010-2011
  • 84,849 blocked in 2011-2012
  • 73,474 blocked in 2012-2013
  • 95,750 blocked in 2013-2014
  • 108,031 in 2014-2015

Source: PTA Annual Reports

The list of unblocked mobile phones comprised of following data:

  • 11,059 handsets in 2007-08
  • 7,675 unblocked in 2008-09
  • 6,807 unblocked in 2009-2010
  • 4,159 unblocked in 2010-2011
  • 3,567 unblocked in 2011-2012
  • 3,334 unblocked in 2012-2013
  • 3,497 unblocked in 2013-2014
  • 3,962 during 2014-2015

Source: PTA Annual Reports

IMEI is a unique number of 15 digits that are embedded in every mobile phone, GSM modem or even a device with a built-in phone/modem by the company. Also if the user is unaware of its IMEI code then he/she can dial *#06# to get IMEI number of his/her mobile phone. This number will us him to register complaint in case he losses in phone somewhere or it is stolen by a thief.

The system (PTA) will block the mobile phone and it will not be reused, thus overall discouraging the culture of snatching of mobile phones in Pakistan.

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