The Pakistan telecommunication authority (PTA) has asked all subscribers with dual SIM mobile phone handsets to register their International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) numbers separately before Aug 31, Dawn has reported.

According to the details, PTA has said “There are subscribers who own handsets with dual SIMs but have only registered one IMEI number against the slot they use, adding that the second slot remains unutilized.

Therefore, the authorities have urged users to verify their unregistered IMEI in a dual SIM mobile handset as well, otherwise, it will be blocked after August 31.

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IMEI number is a unique code for every mobile phone that helps to identify GSM, WCDMA, and iDEN handsets, as well as some satellite phones.

How to register IMEI’s of dual sim smartphones?

In order to register such devices, users can send an email at typeapproval@pta.gov.pk with details, including a screenshot of the device showing all programmed IMEI, device box showing IMEI(s), copy of CNIC, and contact details of applicants.

PTA said that it will evaluate all requests with details, and validated cases will be registered accordingly. Requests sent after Aug 30 will not be entertained.

To check the status of a mobile device, PTA has advised subscribers to dial *#06# and SMS each 15 digits IMEI to 8484.