UAE telco Du to block further 7,000 fake handsets

UAE law prohibits the use, sale, purchase or distribution of fake mobile phones
Du is continuing to clamp down on fake handsets.
Du is continuing to clamp down on fake handsets.

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UAE telecoms operator Du has said it will block a further 7,000 mobile phones as part of its crackdown on counterfeit handsets.

In a statement released today, the company said that it had begun alerting affected customers from the start of this month, with the physical blocking of handsets taking place between May 15 and 21 May.

It added that the move came “in light of TRA’s (Telecommunications Regulatory Authority) directives”.

The process involves identifying unauthorised mobiles via their International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI), a unique number assigned to all genuine handsets.

In December last year Du said it had blocked services to almost 40,000 counterfeit mobile phones.

UAE law prohibits the use, sale, purchase or distribution of fake mobile phones and those violating the law will be given notices and fines and in some cases their retail licences withdrawn, the TRA said at the time.

There are some 11 million mobile phones in use in the country, it added.

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