Etisalat begins shutting down fake mobiles
Customers using fake phones have received an SMS warning them their device is illegal
From 21st December Etisalat will begin to stop functionality of fake illegal handsets.
The TRA and Etisalat recently launched the campaign to raise awareness and discourage the use of mobile phones that use a fake or cloned International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number.
The IMEI number is a unique 15-digit code on every mobile phone.
"Etisalat fully supports the TRA's decision in order to safeguard the interests of our customers as well as retailers. The use of fake mobile devices poses risks to users and adversely affects the quality of the telecommunication services," said Matthew Willsher, chief marketing officer, Etisalat.
Etisalat has already notified customers using fake mobile phones with a fake IMEI number via SMS message.
Affected customers can replace their fake mobile devices with approved, high quality ones available from Etisalat to avoid the disconnection of their service.