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TRA warning against trading phone numbers

The TRA has warned against buying and selling mobile phone numbers

Users have no right of ownership and no right to sell their phone number
Users have no right of ownership and no right to sell their phone number

The UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority has issued a statement to raise awareness on the buying and selling of mobile phone numbers.

Telephone numbers are Government owned so therefore the user of any particular number has no right of ownership and no right to sell their number, the regulator has warned.

The TRA who manage the telephone numbers has referred particularly to ‘Special Numbers' in their warning. Special numbers are available VIP packages from Etisalat and also sold at Auction to raise money for the Khalifa Foundation.

H.E. Majed Al Mesmar, deputy director general of the TRA said: "The TRA is pleased that Etisalat is supporting the Khalifa Foundation programme as well as other CSR projects through this auction and we remind all potential bidders that they will be bidding on certain VIP packages and if successful, they will have the right to use the associated special number in accordance with the terms and conditions of the VIP package.   The winning bidder will not have ownership of the number and will not have the right to sell that number at a later date".

The TRA also has the power to change the format of mobile numbers (which currently start with 05x followed by a seven digit number) and can't promise that this will stay the same in the future.  

In accordance with the National Numbering Plan, the TRA are also able to withdraw any number from use that has been issued by a licensee.