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You can now register your imported mobile phone till March 28

January 30, 2019
 

If you are using an imported mobile phone and haven’t registered it so far, you need not worry as the government has extended the registration date.

The government has extended the deadline by 60 days. You can now get your imported sets registered by March 28.

In October, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) had said it would block all mobile phones with International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) numbers not registered with it till October 20. The deadline was extended till December 31 after public backlash and later till January 15.

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

However, the government changed its policy that those with non-duty paid, unregistered mobile phones can now get their devices registered even after January 15, but they will have to pay a fine, which will equal 10% of customs duty.

The PTI government also set a limit on the number of mobile phones to be imported.

The telecommunication authority has installed a new system of registration for imported mobile phones at airports to facilitate the homecoming passengers. They will not have to stand in a queue for this purpose anymore.

Overseas Pakistanis can also file their mobile phone file taxes online.

An IMEI number 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.

 
 
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13 Comments

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    Shahid   January 30, 2019 11:03 pm/ Reply

    If I insert local sim before 28 March will it be register automatically

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    Tariq Amin   January 31, 2019 12:51 am/ Reply

    Really date extended.

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    Tariq Amin   January 31, 2019 9:33 am/ Reply

    Waiting for reply . Please clear this . Is really date extended . PTA site showing 15 Jan 2019 .

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    Shahid   January 31, 2019 3:55 pm/ Reply

    Please someone tell the if i insert local sim before 28 March will it be register automatically

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    Zeeshan   February 3, 2019 1:31 am/ Reply

    I insert the sim 26 january do it will be register?

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    Hm   February 11, 2019 7:19 pm/ Reply

    Clarity is required, I am waiting for the compliant status on my iphone but it still shows non Compliant even after two days of inserting sim in it.
    1:-What is the procedure for registering the mobile phone with PTA before 28th March 2019.
    2:-Do we need to visit some office to get our set registered ?
    3:-Or do we have to pay the 10% fine at customs to get our set Registered?
    Would appreciate if someone can answer these 3 questions above.
    This is the most confusing policy which no one is clear about.

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    Qarar jahaniyan   February 26, 2019 9:44 pm/ Reply

    868892032925142

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    Adnan   March 15, 2019 7:04 pm/ Reply

    Kya agr 28 march se pehy mobile py sim chalaye to auto register ho jayega

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    Faisal Jani   March 21, 2019 11:32 pm/ Reply

    I bring new mob from saudia after 15 January
    I insert sim but it’s not automatically registered
    Now I receive msg ur mob lock in 27 march if u not pay tax
    So now I listen its increased auto registered date 28 March
    So how I registered my mob plz help me

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    Ali   April 8, 2019 4:11 pm/ Reply

    Abhi tak kisi ka mobile block huwa hn???

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    ilyas   May 6, 2019 5:13 pm/ Reply

    mera phone block hogya h me 2017 se use krrha hu phr b

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    Umair   May 8, 2019 8:51 am/ Reply

    one imei nymber will be register and other imei number will not register what i solve this problem

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    Anonymous   May 16, 2019 6:41 am/ Reply

    any one tell me when again free registration start

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