Numerous users of cell phones not authorized by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) cheered to discover local cellular networks once more available on their devices. They used social media to encourage people to turn on the subscribers’ identifying modules (SIMs) in their barred phones.
Non-PTA-certified phones cannot be used in Pakistan with a SIM card after 60 days of arrival if the necessary duty or tax has not been deposited. These phones can be utilized by connecting to a WiFi network.
Rumors that the Shehbaz Sharif-led administration has repealed the significant tax on pricey cell phones and ordered the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to unblock the devices are rampant, however, some people think it’s just a technical issue.
Their happiness won’t last long, though, as the PTA has stated that unblocking an undefined number of cell phones that are not PTA-approved is a routine practice used to encourage users to pay tax in order to continue using the services.
According to PTA spokeswoman Khurram Ali Mehran, the authority is using this exercise to get individuals to register their phones and pay taxes.
He said that any phone could operate but that it would be automatically blocked after 60 days.