Friday, January 27, 2012

Is Your Mobile Set Genuine?

The news of banning fake mobiles was heard now and then so far.  Now its real.  UAE's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) is into action and are up against fake mobile phones being not only sold but being used as well.  All the customers are required to check IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) of their mobile devices.
As per TRA (which I often confuse with RTA - Road Transport Authority at times!):
* The fake phones pose dangers to users and are prone to battery leaks or explosions due to poisonous chemicals such instruments are likely to release.
*  Radiation levels in such phones could be high
*  Quality of reception could be poorer
*  The batteries could drain out faster
Both Etisalat and Du - the local telecom providers are in action against these counterfeit products in coordination with TRA.

Those wishing to check genuinity of their mobiles need to do the following:

1.  Dial *#06#
2. The IMEI number appears on your mobile screen (about 15 digits)
3. Text or SMS your IMEI number to 8877
4.  You will receive a response from the service provider on the genuinity of the device.
Text (SMS) your mobile IMEI Number to 8877 (in U.A.E.)
Response from Service Provider

As per TRA, users of fake devices will be contacted by their service providers and unapproved phones will be disconnected from all telecom services, including calls, texts and internet.

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