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Govt asked to extend deadline for blocking imported mobile phones

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ISLAMABAD: The Mobile Phone Traders’ Association on Wednesday demanded that the deadline for blocking imported phones be extended by another month or two as a large number of dealers have placed orders for imported mobile phones. Speaking at a press conference at the National Press Club, the association’s Central President Munir Baig Mirza said dealers […]

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The generation of Pakistanis that grew up just as the information technology revolution reached Pakistan in the early 1990s is now moving and shaking the country. But while the early 1990s were about the transition from Commodore 64 to Nintendo and Sega consoles, a new Pakistan is being built by 200 million people in Pakistan […]

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New mobile phone registration system comes into force

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ISLAMABAD: As soon as the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) implemented its new mobile phone registration system, some users complained of being unable to connect to their networks. “There is a message that reads that mobile network is unavailable though signals are showing. I have not been able to make and receive calls the whole day,” […]

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PTA rejects media reports of free use of Afghan SIMs

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The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has rejected the reports published in a section of media regarding free and unchecked use of Afghan SIMs and clarified that efforts were being made to address the issue. In a clarification statement on Friday, the PTI made it clear that the PTA had approached Afghan embassy in Pakistan through […]

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KCCI welcomes Rangers warning to mobile phone firms

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KARACHI: President of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Iftikhar Ahmed Vohra, while welcoming Pakistan Rangers Sindh’s warning to all mobile phone companies about the sale of unregistered/ illegal SIMs, reiterated KCCI’s six-year old demand to shut down all prepaid SIMs in one go and reissue them to subscribers’ postal addresses which would get […]

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Govt wants to re-verify all SIMs

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ISLAMABAD: The Interior Ministry has directed mobile phone companies to re-verify around 140 million SIMs through the newly-inducted biometric verification system (BVS) within 28 days and block all unverified connections after the given deadline, sources in the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) revealed. In this regard, a meeting attended by all the five telecom operators was […]

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PTA bans all chat packages on cell phones, day or night

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LAHORE: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has instructed all the cellular operators of the country to immediately stop all kinds of chat packages, including voice and SMS, at any time of the day. According to directive No CPD-1(227) 13-PTA, dated August 29 2013 with subject ‘Directive relating to packages offered by CMTOs contrary to moral […]

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No law exists to stop late night mobile packages

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ISLAMABAD: Moralists in Pakistan had long been crying that the night packages offered by the mobile phone companies are “a bad influence” on the society. This week the matter came to a head in the Senate. Angry senators demanded that the government take action to stop the services. But how? Technically, there exists no law […]

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SMSs make electioneering more robust in country

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ISLAMABAD: Mobile phone operators in the country cashed the boom and enthusiasm of voters during elections 2013 campaign and generated revenues as SMS traffic went up to one billion text messages per day. Thousands of candidates in the country made full use of the modern communication facilities and continuously tried to convince voters in their […]

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