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BTRC puts bar on fake handset connectivity from August 1

  • Published at 09:50 pm July 29th, 2019
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In a notice the telecom regulator said if any mobile phone handset was found with clone or a wrong IMEI number, it would be disconnected through National Equipment Identity Register

The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission on Monday said clone mobile phone handset would be barred from network connectivity from August 1.

In a notice the telecom regulator said if any mobile phone handset was found with clone or a wrong IMEI number, a unique number to mark a handset, it would be disconnected through National Equipment Identity Register.

‘Customers are advised to check the authenticity before buying handsets. In the message option of any phone customers should type KYD<space>15-digit IMEI number and send it to 16002 to get the proper information about the handset.

 Also, customers can know IMEI information by dialing *#06#,’ reads the notice.

BTRC officials say the clone IMEI handsets come mostly through illegal channels.

‘Most of such handsets cannot be tracked down and are used in unlawful activities. Besides, clone IMEI handsets can put an original handset user in trouble if it was used in illegal activities,’ a BTRC official told Dhaka Tribune.

In January this year BTRC seized 700 mobile phone handsets which were imported illegally from conducting raids at Eastern Plaza and Motalib Plaza in the capital.