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After Jan 15, you will have to pay a fine to register your mobile phone with PTA

December 27, 2018
After Jan 15, you will have to pay a fine to register your mobile phone with PTA

The government wants to curb smuggling of mobile phones

The government has extended the deadline for registering your mobile phones till January 15 and softened its earlier policy of blocking the unregistered handsets, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry told a press conference in Islamabad on Thursday.

In October, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) had said it would block all mobile phones whose International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number is not registered with it till October 20. The deadline was extended till December 31 after public backlash and panic.

The government has now extended the deadline till January 15 and also made a change in its policy, the minister said. Those with non-duty paid, unregistered mobile phones can now get their devices registered even after January 15, but they will pay a fine, which will be equal to 10% of customs duty.

Related: Customs to charge people for carrying extra mobile phones to Pakistan

The government has formed this policy to curb smuggling of mobile phones that evade taxes by using one IMEI number for multiple (read hundreds of thousands) mobile phones.

IMEI is a unique code given to your mobile by its maker just like the vehicle identification number. The government uses this number to identify a valid phone on a network (Jazz, Telenor or Zong for example) and can block the handset’s access to the network. If the PTA blocks your mobile phone’s IMEI number, you cannot use it on any mobile network in Pakistan—the phone will simply not function.

To find out your phone’s IMEI number, you can dial *#06# from your smartphone or in case of the feature phone just find it printed in the battery compartment. Texting your IMEI number to 8484 will confirm if it is registered.

Related: Do you have a smuggled phone? It won’t work in 2019

If you have purchased a branded (packed) phone from the market, it will be duty paid. In that case you don’t have to worry because when you insert your SIM or connect with a network for the first time, your phone is registered automatically. However, if you have bought a Chinese phone of an unknown brand or unpacked phone, also known as kits in the local market, your device will be blocked after January 15. To get it unblocked, you will have to pay a fine equal in value to 10% of the customs duty on the given handset.



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    Mohsin Javed   December 28, 2018 3:44 pm/ Reply

    Is this true that I can register my phone before 15th Jan without paying the fee

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    Hassan   December 28, 2018 11:50 pm/ Reply

    Can anyone help how to register IMEI In PTA And How Much Its Fee For Registration?

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    aqib khalil   January 1, 2019 10:57 am/ Reply

    in how many days mobile status will change from non complaint to complaint after filling the form on airport

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    Anwar   January 3, 2019 12:56 pm/ Reply

    All non Compliant devices will get compliant status after 15th of January if you insert any Pakistani network sim card in the device and it’s better to make a call or send an SMS while you are in Pakistan.

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    A. Rehman   January 3, 2019 7:10 pm/ Reply

    @Anwar. How are you sure that all phones having been used in Pakistan till 15 January will be registered automatically? I have seen from news that only date for registration of non-compliant devices has been extended till 15 in order to facilitate people to register their imported phones. Please respond

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    zain   January 3, 2019 9:10 pm/ Reply

    The above news state that we have to pay extra fine if we do not register before 15 Jan 2019. I also recieve a gift from a friend. activiate on 6 Dec 2018. Mobile status is still non-compliant. what should i do? suggest plz…
    i contacted custom office they denied to register because i am late. they said that policy is that to register within 15 days of cell activation date.

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    Shakir   January 15, 2019 9:16 am/ Reply

    Plz Allow two mobiles duti free each person

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    Aftab   January 22, 2019 6:28 am/ Reply

    1 iemi is ok other is not
    Tell what can i do

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    Aftab   January 22, 2019 6:31 am/ Reply

    I want to register my iemi

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    Ahad Gul   January 24, 2019 7:31 pm/ Reply

    My phone has been blocked . Is it possible to unblock if yes where can I.what should I do Plz guide

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    Jamal uddin   February 16, 2019 11:04 pm/ Reply

    I want to register my phone plz guide me

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    HASHIM   March 13, 2019 7:46 pm/ Reply

    i have bring one phone from uk and now i have unlock this phone after two months but its imei is valid it is registered with gsma but not to pta…plzz guide me what should i do

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    Suhaib Qureshi   March 21, 2019 1:08 am/ Reply

    Please tell me. One can keep one handset free of cost. Then why pta is not registering my mobile phone ???
    Please tell me

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      Nasir syed   May 9, 2019 8:12 pm/ Reply

      Bhi Mera mobile block Hua ha Kasay active ho ga

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        Sajid Ali   May 20, 2019 9:40 pm/ Reply

        My watch is blocked help me plz

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    M AHSAN   March 27, 2019 11:49 am/ Reply

    what will be charged for a registration a mobile

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    Malik   April 1, 2019 9:47 am/ Reply

    Kiwi comment,ka,koi,response nI diya giya

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    Muhammad shahid   April 1, 2019 2:07 pm/ Reply


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    mustansar   April 3, 2019 12:35 pm/ Reply

    procedure for imei registration after 15 January. and where I can pay 10% taxes.i suggest that sim company like jaz ufone telenor get this percentage for government

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    Saqib   April 22, 2019 10:58 am/ Reply

    This government its very bad walla

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    aqib javed kayani   April 28, 2019 3:09 pm/ Reply

    how can i register my phone imei

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    Asif ullah   April 28, 2019 5:59 pm/ Reply

    I have two mobile my mobile not register I coming to Pakistan 22 March 2019 uae Alain international airport to Peshawar airport plz howe I register mobile

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    Shahid imran   April 28, 2019 8:44 pm/ Reply

    May nay 12 march ko Pakistan bhaja ha

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    izhar mehdi   April 30, 2019 1:18 pm/ Reply

    i wants our mobiles not close

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    Kanwal   April 30, 2019 6:11 pm/ Reply

    Hi i bought a phone in 23rd March from a local phone the was already in used and seller told me its imie everything paid now phone has blocked and no sim is working in it. I asked seller to fix the problem and now he is telling me to pay tax.
    What should i do?

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    Alia   April 30, 2019 6:31 pm/ Reply

    My new Mobil is blocked ..because I have not registered it now I want to retrieve and registers is it possible?

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    Anonymous   April 30, 2019 10:32 pm/ Reply

    Sir ,2 Feb ko market sa liya ta aj 30 April ko signal chale Gaye software Wala ko dekhaya wo Bola blocked hogaya hai

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    Bakhtawer mobeen   May 1, 2019 4:16 pm/ Reply

    My mobile has been blocked. Now how can I register it?

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    AsharAzeem   May 3, 2019 9:18 pm/ Reply

    sir mera q E 4 ha wo b bolck gea ha abi new lia tha ab es ka koi asan hal ha kia open karne ka kiA

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    khalid khan   May 4, 2019 4:05 am/ Reply

    My Mobile phone has been blocked. now how can I register. help me

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    ASFANDYAR   May 5, 2019 8:17 pm/ Reply

    AOA kisi ko pata hai k rawalpindi main pta office kon c jaga hai? k wahan ja kar apna mobile unblock karwa lia jaiy?

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    Faisal   May 7, 2019 5:11 pm/ Reply

    Foolish PTA system.

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    Mani Mughal   May 10, 2019 6:58 am/ Reply

    AOA jnb mery chacho South Africa sy mobile ly kar ay thy uno ny mujy gift dy diya Samsung j4+ i don’t know PTA sy registered hai ya nii i think ni hai mera mobile kal raaat sy off ho gya hai a kiya kary kuch help karo jnb

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    Hamad Zia   May 11, 2019 8:20 pm/ Reply

    I register my phone on 9 may 2019. I received mail from PTA they answer ne to wait for their next mail.. but till I wasn’t received any mail for payment of fine.. so plz tell about this issue.

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    aHMED RAZA   May 12, 2019 3:29 am/ Reply

    mene new mobile purchase kya hai korangi 4 no mobile markit se yehi 2 months pehle or mere pass msgs arhe hai pta hai se k mobile registerd karwale warna mobile blocked kardya jay ga or mobile registerd karha hu online to error hai apka imei valid hai fbr tax duty charge honge ho nhi kya tareeke kar hai is ka please detail me mobile ki paid hai metre pass

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    muhammad zaheer afzal   May 12, 2019 6:37 pm/ Reply

    sir main ne litten road se mbl liya h pr wo keh rahy hain k apka mbl rigester nai h jb k yeh mbl main one year se use kr raha hon isko online rigister kr raha hon but erors

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    Shafaq   May 13, 2019 3:36 pm/ Reply

    plz tell me how can I registered my mobile from PTA , tell me process

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    Yousaf   May 13, 2019 10:04 pm/ Reply

    Its very easy to register a mobile in PTA.

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    Shakir ullah   May 18, 2019 11:45 am/ Reply

    How to register mobile

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    Shahzad Ali   May 19, 2019 7:27 am/ Reply

    Please guide me how to pay 10% of phone velue my SIM not working i thing blocking issue … please solve my issue pta

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    Sajid Ali   May 20, 2019 9:51 pm/ Reply

    Sir my 4g watch is blocked… Plz help me guide me….

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    shan ali   May 21, 2019 9:10 am/ Reply

    how to register

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    Muhammad ali   May 23, 2019 11:22 am/ Reply


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    ahmed   May 24, 2019 4:59 pm/ Reply

    What if my phone do not have any sim card? Do i have to still pay tax for my lenovo a1000 phone which don’t have sim card?

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    Ateeqkhokhar   May 25, 2019 10:57 pm/ Reply


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    Muhammad Usharab   May 30, 2019 12:01 am/ Reply

    Sir/ madam

    Can I register A Phone using passport Number that was not used for travelling in the last 60 days according to one device per passport policy?

    Your earliest response is requested.

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    Don   June 3, 2019 10:37 am/ Reply

    That is harassment by PTA and not a public service.

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    ilyas malik   July 18, 2019 9:51 am/ Reply

    mobile unblock

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    Isra Anwar   July 29, 2019 12:41 pm/ Reply

    I bought an old phone (Samsung Galaxy note 8) in may 2019 from Kuwait. PTA has blocked my phone and upon getting it registered thet applied a custom tax/duty of 45687.00 Rs. My phone’s actual cost was 51000rs. Why on the earth do I have to pay 95% of my phone’s cost? What is their method or mechanism of applying taxes and duties? PTA should post their rules, taxes and other penalties publicly so that we are not looted in the name of country’s betterment! This is pure harassment!

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    haris   September 4, 2019 10:44 am/ Reply

    sir i registered my phone when PTA announce to registered the phone. so now my phone was block by PTA i don’t no why??? any solution

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    Anam   September 4, 2019 7:24 pm/ Reply

    My phone was not registered so it get blocked. Then i paid FBR tax. Now my mobile phone status has changed with APPROVED status but still my phone screen shows PHONE NOT ALLOWD a from last 1 month after tax paid. Please help me, how can I active my phone service?

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    saqib   September 7, 2019 5:01 pm/ Reply

    I have samsung note 8 its dual sim mobile one of sim showing not compliant please tell me should i registered sim what will be procedure and do i need to pay any fees for its registration or if i not register other sim what will be the consequences??

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    khalil khan   September 17, 2019 5:07 pm/ Reply

    note 8 single sim katna k register hoga sir?

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