Block Stolen Mobile Phones in Pakistan
What is IMEI Code?
International Mobile Equipment identity aka IMEI is a unique set of numbers that is installed by the factory in each unit or device under the global system for mobile communication (GSM) specification. Although IMEI numbers have many purposes its major purpose is to identify the mobile device and prevent the wrong application in case of theft. If a mobile device can be universally recognized, a thief cannot change the SIM card on a phone and expect to keep the phone. IMEI numbers are hard-coded into device hardware, making it nearly impossible to change them without somehow damaging the device. When a carrier knows that a device has been stolen, it can blacklist the IMEI code and lock it out of the network, and also tells the other networks to do the same.IMEI is usually found printed on or underneath the phone’s battery and warranty card or you can just dial *#06# on your mobile.
4 Different Ways to Block Lost OR Snatched Mobiles
The one who is responsible for the maintenance, operation, and regulation of the establishment of all the telecommunication services and devices is Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), it is headquartered in Islamabad while it has other regional offices in different cities of Pakistan. PTA is the organization where you can file a complaint and block your device in case of theft or loss. There are many different mobile blocking procedures with PTA;
BLOCK Mobile Phone Through ONLINE Service
You can visit www.cplc.org.pk | It’s the official website where you can go to the services > I want to block my mobile phone, and then simply follow the provided instructions.
BLOCK Mobile Phone Through Call
BLOCK Mobile Phone Through Call
You can also Email PTA at [email protected]
Why It is Necessary to Block Mobile Phone After Lost
PTA has all the above ways for you if you want to block your phone. Blocking the phone is necessary in case it has been stolen, snatched, or lost because of several reasons. One reason might be that it could be sold in different mobile markets resulting in frauds with other people. The other reasons are that it could be used in several criminal activities including kidnapping and terrorism. Top of all you have to protect your personal and confidential data so that it could not be misused for example snatchers or robbers can misuse your online banking information for several transactions, your pictures can be used to create a fake online profile, and so on. So to prevent all of it from happening it is our duty as a citizen and as an individual o block our mobile phones as soon as we lose it or it gets snatched.
Unblock PTA Blocked Mobile Phones in Pakistan
Now if you have found your phone that you have blocked for any reason, you need to unblock it to use it and for that, you just have to follow the mentioned steps;
- Go to PTA official webpage and register your mobile phone by clicking on “Online Mobile Registration” and fill all the fields.
- After that, you will receive an activation link in your email after activation you have to fill the fields to register your mobile phone, note that you can only register one free mobile per year and if the count exceeds one you have to pay the taxes for it.
- After filling the form you will get a confirmation SMS that will include your PSID number and the amount to pay for your device would also be mentioned in the details.
- Once you pay the tax, you will receive the message via SMS that your device is now PTA approved and you can continue using your device.
However, Tax may vary according to your device model and PSID.