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PTA Blocks 175,000 Mobile Phones

Every day thousands of mobile phones are stolen by thieves from innocent citizens of the country. Most of the time, owners of mobile phones just block their sims to their data and personal numbers from leaking.

But now Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has decided to block mobile phones through the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) devices under the Device Identification, Registration, and Blocking System (DIRBS).

Last year, PTA decided to block more than 175,000 mobile phone devices by blocking their IMEI to prevent thieves from accessing and using stolen mobile phones.

Moreover, according to the annual report last year, DIRBS identified more than 29 million duplicate IMEI devices. Also, PTA blocked 0.88 million fake IMEI used by duplicate numbers after being stolen.

This step will prove crucial in preventing the spread of fake and duplicate numbers after stealing mobile phones. Moreover, it will lower the rate of stealing because mobile phones would be of no use to thieves if they are blocked.

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