The government has once again extended the deadline for smartphone registration for another 20 days, local media reports said.
The media reports have quoted State Minister Hammad Azhar saying that the deadline for phone registration with Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has been pushed until February 15.
He was quoted while addressing a ceremony related to World’s Customs Day at Wahga Border today.
He said the government is moving to make Pakistan a smuggling-free country and that after February 15, all the non-registered mobile phone will be blocked in the country.
He stated that the mini-budget was rolled out to introduce a business and export-friendly environment which will generate employment in the country. The new finance bill has not added any new taxes on the public, but reduced existing ones, he said.
It should be mentioned here that for one reason or another, PTA has been pushing the last date for phone registration. It started with December 1st then it got pushed forward to 31st December. The telecom authority then delayed it until 15th January and now, February 15.
As per PTA’s website, people are required to get their phone registered until the deadline. The authority would start blocking unauthorized and unverified mobile phones whenever the deadline ends.
How to Register Phone with PTA?
All Pakistani mobile device users wishing to know the status of a device can send their phone’s 15 digit IMEI number via SMS to 8484.
The status of the mobile device can also be checked via PTA website link DIRBS.PTA.gov.pk or by downloading DIRBS android mobile application. For further details: visit the PTA website.