A ray of hope… finally!

The long awaited IMEI blocking equipment will finally start operation from September 30th! This system, according to what i’ve heard, was in the works for a very long time, but not all operators were eager to get onboard, and hence was stalling. I guess PTA somehow got them to come onboard too!

What it does?
Makes a cellphone reported as stolen, totally useless anywhere in the country.

How it does it?
The reported IMEI number (which is not changeable on a handset) will not be accepted for service by any of the service providers in Pakistan.

Why should i bother with it?
Hopefully, this should slowly result in a drop of cellphone snatchings, since they will no longer be of any value. Consequently, we may actually be able to carry our cellphones around visibly, without fear of them being stolen.


18 Comments so far

  1. Imran (unregistered) on September 25th, 2006 @ 1:34 pm

    I must say it is about time … HOWEVER even though this is a ray of hope, check out the following link: http://www.unlockme.co.uk/blacklist.html . Changing of an IMEI number is not impossible.

  2. MB (unregistered) on September 25th, 2006 @ 2:02 pm

    Excellent work PTA. Atlest there will be a slowdown in mobile snatching now. I had many friend who had such bad experiences and every time they had a tough argument with CSR’s at these cellulr service provides. Relief finally

  3. suhail (unregistered) on September 25th, 2006 @ 2:44 pm

    Imran your action can promote the crime. helping in a crime is ….
    i think someone shall even tell a detail proceedure to unlock it. i can even suggest the name of the book : “easy tips to mobile snatching”
    For God sake!!think before anyone saying something specially on the internet.

  4. Farhan (unregistered) on September 25th, 2006 @ 2:44 pm

    ” Consequently, we may actually be able to carry our cellphones around visibly, without fear of them being stolen. ”

    Still don’t carry around your mobile visibly , although the phone will not be of any use , the battery will get them some hundred ruppes , even the original casing , minisd card ( or other memory )carries a value

  5. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on September 25th, 2006 @ 6:18 pm

    Finally – so all these past few days we have been collecting the IMEI numbers and it has not be implemented – how stupid – I was under the impression this system was already enforced.

    Secondly I feel the other issue that PTA is dragging its feet on is the Mobile Number Portability. they have been beating the drums for more then a year and I dont see any sign of that issue coming out. They are very quick to raise prices and enforce censorship but when it comes to actually creating a good system they easily buckle under the pressure of rishwat. PTA in my opinion is an agency full of hot air. Lest i say more before KMB gets blacklisted ;)

  6. Haseeb A (unregistered) on September 25th, 2006 @ 7:39 pm

    Do i feel a new addition to paki exports? what if these thugs started to export stolen mobiles??

  7. ia (unregistered) on September 25th, 2006 @ 9:05 pm

    the changing of imei number info on the website mentioned by imran is outdated. new mobile are every day getting harder to unlock (e.g. BB5 phones nokia) imei changing is a thing of past. unless it is something like 3210 nokia.

    The only thing is the interntional combined blacklist / barred phones lists. this renders the phones useless all around the world.

    Another way to combat mobiles theft is to give 12 contract phones with insurance (like in UK). This will enable insurance companies to put pressure on mobile companies to keep phones barred. Mobiles will become cheaper as well. (For e.g. here (UK) you can buy brand new nokia /sony mobile for free with insurance if you get a 12 month conrtact end of yr you pay £0 .

  8. Imran (unregistered) on September 26th, 2006 @ 1:17 am

    sorry for the post i made, but my point was that implementing barring is not the only solution. When your phone is stolen where do you think it is sold. The person who buys stolen phones is also a criminal and then Why doesnt the authorities catch these criminals. Another thing is that like other countries, Pakistan should also impose a law stating that changing of IMEI numbers is illegal. last i heard there were some paper works going on about this in Pakistan also.
    ps. i miss London and the valuables of life there :'(

  9. shobz (unregistered) on September 26th, 2006 @ 3:55 am

    i miss london as well. my phones were insured there. at least i get to go back. so no biggie.

  10. Murtaza (unregistered) on September 26th, 2006 @ 8:22 am

    And in london(or USA)…people get these insured phones, bring them back ‘home’ sell it for a lofty profit, or even loss…and collect the insurance…and how do i get these ideas? from my brothers from the land of the ‘pure’.

  11. SWA (unregistered) on September 26th, 2006 @ 8:50 am

    @ Imran and all others concerned:

    The method posted by you calculates the unlocking code so you can change SIM cards and use the same phone on other networks. However, it does not change the IMEI number itself that goes on the blocking database. So if you report an IMEI for blacklisting, even if you unlock the code to use a different SIM card, you still will not be able to use the phone because the IMEI will be blocked. This, at least, is my interpretation after visiting and going through that website.

  12. suhail (unregistered) on September 26th, 2006 @ 10:27 am

    vehical tracking and IMEI are nice tools. however the real difference will be made, if effective punishment will be given to the caught culprits (Terrorists, i shall say!) i wish these thugs shall be either put to trial in terrorist courts or military courts. and public hanging shall be demanded as punishment. they shall announce on TV, that everyone must understand that if he is caught he will be tried not for mobile/motor bike/ car theft , but terrorist activity/murder.
    the situation in karachi needs that some heads shall be rolled.

  13. Adnan (unregistered) on September 26th, 2006 @ 10:38 am

    Isn’t this system better than PTA one?

  14. mansoor (unregistered) on September 26th, 2006 @ 10:52 am

    adnan: the system you mentioned raises a lot of privacy concerns. Plus, the public isnt really ready for such a service here. Honestly, i would rather have my phone stolen *voluntarily* if such a tracking service was put on it by someone….

  15. imran (unregistered) on September 27th, 2006 @ 4:51 am


  16. imran (unregistered) on September 27th, 2006 @ 4:54 am


  17. Rehan (unregistered) on September 27th, 2006 @ 10:48 am

    This is a good news and people can take a sigh of relief but along with this, we hope that the genious minds here in pakistan would not be able to find or develop any crack to mess with IMEI number and make the phone usable again.

    Atleast a good move by PTA after a long long time. There are still many areas open that needs their attention in order to make our tele-communication system rated as world class.

  18. Abdul Sami (unregistered) on September 28th, 2006 @ 8:35 am

    Resolution for forging IMEIS:

    (1) Distributors register all their Sold/Unsold IMEI with EIR.
    (2) When a Device is Sold, the EIR shuld update the Owner
    (3) All Valid IMEI will be in EIR ( Sold/UnSold both )
    (4) When a device is stolen and IMEI is forged:
    a. IMEI is totally New —> Discard, Invalid not found in EIR
    b. IMEI is a duplicate of existing —> Discard, two IMEI not possible

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