As you know, IMEI, or International Mobile Equipment Identity, is a unique number issued for each mobile device in use today, but you may not know that phones with dual SIM options have two IMEIs. These unique numbers of dual SIM phones are established at the time of manufacture.
As of now, the main telecommunications regulator of the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) has said that all subscribers with dual SIM mobile devices must register both IMEI numbers separately before August 31.
The PTA has observed cases in which mobile broadband subscribers with dual SIM phones have registered an IMEI number in the slot they use. Most users do not use the second slot and have not registered the IMEI number against them or have forgotten to do so. According to a PTA statement,
“Mobile device users with a registered IMEI and the second unregistered IMEI must register all IMEIs. After August 31, the unregistered IMEI will be blocked on a mobile phone with dual SIM”
In addition, the PTA has detailed that to register such devices, users can send an email to [email protected] with details such as a screenshot of the device that shows all the IMEIs, the screenshot of the box of the device that shows IMEI (s), copy of CNIC and contact details of the applicants.
Now, you should be thinking about how you can verify the validity of the IMEI of your second SIM slot.
How to verify the validity of IMEI for the second slot?
- First dial * # 06 # from your dial pad.
- A pop-up window will appear showing all the IMEI numbers of the phone (depending on whether you have a Single SIM or dual SIM phone).
- The validity of all IMEI numbers can be verified by sending the IMEI number to 8484 in a text message.
- Or you can visit the PTA website DIRBS to see it.
- Android users can also download the Android DIRBS mobile application to learn about this status.
It is worth mentioning here that the PTA undertakes to evaluate all such requests, and validated cases will be recorded accordingly. However, after August 30, these SIM slots would not be registered or entertained.