The move to deny counterfeit mobile phones that have previously not subscribed to any network by The Uganda Communication Commission took effect on Friday, the first day of February.
The communications body is in the process of ridding the country of fake mobile phones that will be carried out in four phases according to a statement on the UCC website.
According to the UCC boss, Eng. Godfrey Mutabazi, a new automatic system has been put in place that ensures sim cards inserted in fake mobile phones do not register.
Below is the full statement from UCC that includes the phases the body will take to eliminate the fake mobile phones.
The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has embarked on the implementation of a project that aims at the gradual elimination of counterfeit mobile phones from the Ugandan market. A consultative document on the planned implementation process of the project has been posted onto the UCC website (Click here to view the document) to which stakeholders are invited to provide comments. The consultative document shall also be availed in the newspapers shortly.
This project shall be implemented in four phases as follows:
PHASE 1: VERIIFICATION OF MOBILE PHONES
During this Phase consumers will be able to check the status of their phones using one or both of the following mechanisms:
The internet application which is accessible on the UCC website http://www.ucc.co.ug/details.php?option=imei. Once you log in, follow the prompts specified in the application.
The SMS application: Type the IMEI (or serial number) of your phone and send it as an SMS to 8883 (using any network at a nominal fee of not more than 100/=). You will receive an instant response indicating the status of the IMEI as well as the model and manufacturer to which the IMEI is ascribed. To know the IMEI of your phone, press *#06#
Consumers are advised to immediately verify the legitimacy of their mobile phones using the above two avenues.
PHASE 2: DENIAL OF SERVICE TO NEW COUNTERFEIT PHONES
During this phase, new counterfeit mobile phones that have previously not subscribed to any network shall be denied access to all networks. The proposed date for the implementation of this phase is January 31, 2013.
PHASE 3: DISCONNECTION OF ALL COUNTERFEIT MOBILE PHONES
During this phase, all counterfeit mobile phones, including the ones that have already subscribed to a network, shall be disconnected. The proposed date for the implementation of this step is July 1, 2013.
PHASE 4: CONSOLIDATING THE PROJECT
During this phase, the Commission shall review the outcomes of the project relating to the implementation of the project and issues to do with e-Waste management and cloning of IMEIs. Proposals for the handling of various issues in this phase are still under consideration.