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New Measure to Bring Order to Iran Mobile Phone Market

Recent profiteering practices in the mobile phone market have prompted the Communication Regulatory Authority to extend the previous Cellphone Registry Scheme to include tracing handsets leaving the customs’ warehouses as a way to stem stockpiling
Mobile phone shops in central Tehran (File Photo)
Mobile phone shops in central Tehran (File Photo)
CRA is now pondering to use the designed system in another capacity, as a way to restrain mobile phone hoarders

Iran’s Communication Regulatory Authority is poised to tap into the potential of the already operational Cellphone Registry Scheme to exert further control on the bullish mobile phone market, curb dealers’ profiteering practices and restrain mobile phone hoarders.
Aimed at limiting cellphone smuggling, the ICT Ministry, Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration, CRA and the Industries Ministry created the Cellphone Registry Scheme that bars local operators from offering services to contraband phones.
For implementing the scheme, the relevant authorities use an online database of the IMEI, or the International Mobile Equipment Identity, number of handsets which is a 15- or 17-digit code that uniquely identifies mobile phones.
According to the CRA chief, Hossein Fallah, the gathered data can be used to adopt preventive action against profiteering practices as well, Mehr reported.
He added, “Currently, mobile phones whose entries are registered are not traceable until a SIM is inserted into them.”


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