Recent buzz on social media and in news circles hints that the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) may be gearing up for a crackdown on specific types of mobile phones. This includes JV iPhones, non-PTA, CPID, IMEI patched devices, and phones illegally approved through deceptive means to circumvent the PTA system.
This potential move has sparked worry among users of IMEI-patched Android phones and JV iPhone owners in Pakistan. However, it’s crucial to note that, as of this moment, the PTA hasn’t officially confirmed these plans. Likewise, the government hasn’t issued any statements indicating imminent legal issues for those using non-PTA phones.
Typically, the PTA allows a grace period for new phone buyers to register their devices, underscoring the need to pay necessary PTA charges for SIM functionality. Thus, those currently using non-PTA phones might not face immediate consequences, as they have the opportunity to clear their dues within a specified time frame.
Nonetheless, there are rumblings that the PTA is contemplating action against phones with illegal approvals, which manipulate the system and could cause significant financial losses to the country. The accuracy of these reports remains unconfirmed as of Saturday, December 30, 2023. Particularly, for CPID and IMEI patched devices, including JV iPhones, the PTA has yet to make a formal statement.
While it’s tempting to opt for such phones due to their lower prices, users should be wary of using illegal means to bypass the tax system. The potential long-term disadvantages could outweigh the initial savings, especially if the PTA or other authorities decide to clamp down on these devices.
The Pakistani market has seen a surge in the availability of JV, IMEI patched, VIP approved, and CPID phones that lack official PTA approval. Some of these devices reportedly have manipulated IMEI numbers, with shopkeepers allegedly using numbers from cheaper phones to secure approval.
The appeal of these IMEI-patched Android and JV iPhones is often their price, which can be significantly lower than both PTA-approved and non-PTA phones. For example, a JV iPhone 15 Pro Max might be sold at about Rs120,000 less than its non-PTA equivalent, drawing buyers despite potential risks like limited SIM card functionality and the threat of being blacklisted.
As the situation continues to evolve, it’s advisable for users to stay updated with any official announcements from the PTA and to exercise caution when considering the purchase of non-PTA-compliant phones.