Anatel will block cell pirates from May 2018The estimate is that the agency 1 million irregular devices entering the network every month.
Consumers who buy mobile phones not certified from May next year will have their locked handsets. The National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel) It decided that the new fake cell will be blocked, according to a schedule approved on Thursday, 23, by the regulatory agency.
Cellular approved by Anatel are those with IMEI (Internacional Mobile Equipment Identity), a number that has the same function as the chassis of an automobile. Each cell has a unique identification number and global.
To find out if the phone has IMEI and is regular, just dial *#06#. If no number appears, or if the number that appears is different from what appears on the instrument housing, the phone is fake.
The estimate is that Anatel 1 million irregular devices entering the network every month. nevertheless, customers who have bought fake cell will not have the locked handsets. The lock will only be held for no IMEI phones that enter the network next year, according to the approved schedule.
For consumers the Federal District and Goiás, cell pirates will be blocked from 9 from May of 2018. For customers of the South, Acre, Rondônia, Sao Paulo, Tocantins, Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul, the lock is conducted from 8 from December. For the Northeast region and other states in the North and East, the lock is from 24 March 2019.
Customers who have cell pirates receive mobile messages 90 days before blocking. In practice, this means that you can buy mobile phones without IMEI than three months before the blockade. For customers of the Federal District and Goiás, the deadline to buy an irregular device without risk of blockage is 21 February 2018. To the south, Acre, Rondônia, Sao Paulo, Tocantins, Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul, the deadline is 22 of September; and Northeast and other states of the North and East, the deadline is 6 from January.
According to the FCC, unapproved cell phones do not follow quality standards and safety and are not guaranteed. The blockade is part of the project Follow. All phones purchased from these dates and have adulterated or cloned IMEI or were fraud target will be blocked.