PTCL started verifying its mobile broadband devices in December last year. The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) had previously asked all data SIM providers to verify their customers through biometric verification before the end of 2015. PTCL has been running a massive campaign to compel its users to verify their devices before they get blocked.
The Progress So Far
The campaign, which has lasted more than five months now, has already seen multiple extensions in the last date for device verifications. PTCL is asking its customers to biometrically verify their EVO, Nitro and CharJi wireless broadband devices, including the EVO Tab. Vfone connections need to be verified within the same deadline as well.
The last date to verify these devices is 30th April, 2016. After the deadline has passed, all unverified devices will cease to function until their verification.
Here’s How You Can Get Your Devices Verified Now
This mandatory requirement applies to both, new and old subscribers. Anyone can have their devices verified by visiting any of the following touch-points:
- PTCL Smart Shop
- Ufone Service Center
- Ufone Franchise
- PTCL/Ufone BVS Enabled Retailer
The list of devices which require biometric verification are EVO 3.1 USB, EVO 3.1 Cloud, EVO TAB, EVO Wingle, Nitro USB, Nitro Cloud, CharJi Wingle, CharJi Cloud, CharJi Tab and all Vfone handsets.
Biometric verification requires a device’s MDN and the owner’s original CNIC.
Users, who are unaware of their device’s MDN can simply text their ESN (Electronic Serial Number – an 8 digit alpha-numeric code present on devices) to 0512181218. The MDN will be sent to the user via SMS. A sample message will look like this: ESN<space>DD726911.
CharJi subscribers can get their MDN by sending their ICCID (20 digit number written on the back of all CharJi devices) instead of an ESN. They also have the option of using their ICCID instead of an MDN to verify their device.