Monday, November 21, 2011

UAE Regulator clamps down on fake mobile phones

Abu Dhabi: UAE telcommunication service providers etisalat and du will suspend all services to mobile phone subscribers who are using counterfeit handsets as of January 1, it was announced at a news conference here yesterday.
"Users of fake devices will be imminently contacted by their service providers and all phones that are not type approved will be disconnected from all telecom services, including calls, texts and the internet," said the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) in a statement.
"We want the UAE to be clean of fake handsets — the operators have been told," TRA Director-General Mohammad Nasser Al Ganem told reporters.
Al Ganem said as many as 70,000 fake handsets had been identified by the two telecom service providers, which fall short on minimum quality standards.

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