PTA Reveals More Details About Using Imported Phones in Pakistan

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), on Tuesday, notified to block all unregistered mobile phones by December 31st that are not PTA verified. The deadline for registering these phones is December 1st.

As per the notice, non-compliant mobile devices (having SIM/IMEI functionality) that are active on Pakistani mobile networks till 1st December, will remain operational without service interruption. Non-compliant mobile devices will be paired with a user’s mobile number.

To check the status of your mobile device, dial *#06# from the dialer of the mobile device, which will show you the 15 digit IMEI number (dual SIM phones have two IMEI numbers), send the 15 digit IMEI number via SMS to short code 8484.

What is an IMEI?

IMEI stands for International Mobile Equipment Identity; a unique number per mobile device (phone, tablet, dongle, router, etc.) that uses a SIM card.

Buying a Phone Overseas for Personal Use

You are allowed to bring a single phone from overseas according to the new PTA regulations. The phone can be registered normally and will work for the next few years without any issues. However, if you wish to bring more phones, you are only allowed to bring 5 per year.

PTA’s Device Identification, Registration and Blocking System’s (DIRBS) objective is to ensure healthy growth of the mobile device ecosystem in Pakistan. DIRBS will ensure use of legal devices on the mobile networks. The import, use, and growth of legal devices will improve the quality of mobile service to consumers, preserve network resources of the mobile operators, provide better security and ensure the protection of intellectual property rights.

PTA will make sure that only type approved and legal devices are operational over mobile networks in the country.

On the other hand, the mobile phones that have been brought in from abroad can also be used after registration and in this regard, for facilitation of overseas and foreigners, PTA has arranged registration cells at airports.

Moreover, experts say that the registration of mobile phones would not only help regulate the mobile phone industry but additional revenue of billions of rupees will also be collected.


  • If someone bring new phone box packed on 4th December as gift – Alognwith his personal phone.
    His personal phone will work
    Will he require to pay duty on box packed phone “Gift” phone ? or it will be automatically registered upon inserting SIM as total phones are 2 ( less than 5 ) ?

    • shaitan

      Penultimate paragraph:

      >On the other hand, the mobile phones that have been brought in from
      abroad can also be used after registration and in this regard, for
      facilitation of overseas and foreigners, PTA has arranged registration
      cells at airports.

      You have to register it with Big Brother after which you are free to use it in Pakistan. Perhaps there’s a way for the gift’s recipient to do this later as well so you don’t have to bother.

      My suggestion is to give them some other gift. Government wants to make it harder for people to access modern tech. We should comply with their wishes to keep the country backward and poor.

      • the government should atleast provide the charges for registration each phone take.
        If the phone is iPhone XS Max – how much we need to pay? :)

      • Saqi

        You can’t dodge PTA by using a gift sticker now. It’s a very old method to by pass custom tax. Chinese even European suppliers put a gift pack tag to avoid taxes. As it is clear that you can bring one phone without paying any tax. So i guess yes you need to pay tax for the gifted cell phone

    • shaitan

      Oh and FYI even if you don’t register a phone it’s not a big deal. You can root these android phones with dodgy roms and change the IMEI number. That’s why this whole strategy of the government’s is doomed to fail. Smugglers will just switch IMEI numbers.

      • AbdulB1

        I have been saying this for ages people just need to put a cheap phone IMEI and woah you get working expensive phone….

    • YARaza

      4th dec ko kuch b nhi hoga fikar mat kro , 31st dec k baad 5k tax lagy ga agr koi Max mangway to
      Tension na lo jitny b mangein gy muu pay marna
      Aor Dubai waly iphone mein face time nhi hota wahan say iphone mangwana itna zarori nhi ha us say behtar model Pakistan mein sale hoty hein

  • AbdulB1

    This legal legal is all sh!t.. there is approximately 25-30 precent tax. And top on that huge commission by the dealers…. Just check the redmi note 6 price in Pakistan and on AliExpress you will see a huge difference.

  • Ro Imran Ro

    Ro Imran Ro

  • nooor

    inquiry of ignite fund

    no body knows what is bonus and how much incremints.

    no policy is in this office. undue favours and undue incriments to favorite employees. in many years nobody find what is policy of promotions and every thing.

    employees are hired without degrees and fake degrees.

    Manager HR and Manager internal audit themselve were fake degrees. they are escaped without any punish. their names are even not in minutes as they were doing work on dications of loved management.

    no policy no rules if employee keep happy the manager he is excellent without of any work even he play snooker or play carem bord or play table tennis or play gambling cards and bring frineds to office for play and enjoy.

    fun is only for employees with fake degree holders old mafia employees.

    these employees can be idetnified with undue TA / DA, extra perks and undue salary incriments etc. no AI is required to identify . even employee with same date of joinings have big salary differences . no body knows when bonus is appled on what basis and when bonus is released to which employee and why . if you want to chill without ask question then this compnys is best.

    mafia is fully support by ministry and they also enjoy hiddne perks and i will highlight.

    auditor are enjoying here. audiots son are getting employmnts and projects here so why they make paras. i will highlight to nab and fia and paliment .

    no performnce , no copyriths and patnets , only friends of people in power , internaly and externalay. who can speeek lie is growning . manager finance is fake manager hr . manager monitoring is fake gm monitoring manager monitorng is fake govt relation. Reinstate on actuall positions which are clearly in policy manual and each degree requirment is clear written there . if an employee has not that degree on his date of joingin then immedite reocovery should called . i will highlight everyone .

  • Faheem Ud Din

    Let me add a different perspective here. Let’s say you have an iPhone XS Max, which is currently PTA approved. And then you discover something is faulty. You go to Dubai Apple store & they replace the phone for you free of charge. That would mean a new IMEI device. How will PTA cater this situation because I emailed them about my previous iPhone 7 which was replaced for free by Apple store, they had no idea how to handle that use case.

  • How much custom duty have to pay for one personal mobile on airport after 1st December also plz guide if a person have packed mobile how much duty have to pay?

  • Ijaz

    We can bring 1 phone with us i don’t understand is it my phone which i am using or an other 1 phone? So totally i bring 2 phones?
    Thanks

  • UZMA OSMAN

    Lets say if someone asks us to purchase a phone for them and bring it to Pakistan, can we do that or not? Also do we need to pay any tax or duty on it in that case?

  • Now it is 7th of december if we insert sim into a non-complaint mobile will it be registered by pta or not?