Mobile Phone Snatching – What can be done

Pakistan telecom industry might have seen rapid growth since its inception but there is definitely one despair that haunts every Pakistani and that is “Mobile Snatching”. Cellular communication has been in Pakistan for quite some time and so is mobile snatching. Hopes seem to have diminished over this particular issue. But the important piece which completes this whole puzzle is “We”. What can we do to fight this nuisance?
Well even if we keep the current law and order situation of the country constant there are still quite a few things that can be done. First of all

If you don’t like it then don’t fund it:

Yes that’s right.Somewhere in this whole snatching scenario we are the one funding this crime by buying stolen handsets and using parts that are from some stolen mobile phones. Repair person usually uses parts of stolen mobile phones to satisfy the consumer needs. And the consumer on the other hand thinks of it as a cheap solution to his problem. What we can do here is to stop buying stolen handsets and support authorized repair centers. It might be a bit costly but it is the right way to go about it.

Blocking the IMEI:

This is probably nothing new but a lot of us still don’t do it. Blocking IMEI is important as a blocked mobile phone requires a certain sort of repairing which obviously takes time and money. Although this won’t bring your mobile back but it will decrease the cost of stolen mobile phone. Here is the link on how to block mobile IMEI.

Protecting your SD card:

Your mobile memory card is a valuable thing these days. With lots of data moving around via apps, memory card ends up having lots of pictures and other valuables so its important to protect your private data. Because memory cards can be used separately even if you have blocked your mobile phone. So its advisable to remove your critical data from memory card and create regular backups on your PC. There are also options of using apps to protect your SD card through password protection or encryption. For encryption of android mobiles checkout this link.

There is also something in it for our entrepreneur community as well to work alongside operators and try to work out a solution to this long standing problem.

Author: Muhammad Maaz Khan

The author is a telecom professional, and wants to contribute positively towards a better society.

33 thoughts on “Mobile Phone Snatching – What can be done”

  1. Very well written. Thought provoking article. The point raised by the author that we complete this puzzle by buying stolen phones and parts is quite valid.

  2. i blocked one of my stolen mobile’s imei number via calling CPLC… it was a just a short and completely on call process and the person on helpline demanded information like how and where the mobile was snatched/stolen and he asked my CNIC and another contact number for registration of complain. but it become somewhat annoying and uncomfortable when he started asking so many details already present on my CNIC like my name, my father’s name and on top of that my address and bluh bluh bluh… i mean i have already given you my CNIC and active contact number, why on earth you need my address and other details if you dont have to do anything with it ?

    1. Bro, if you take a look at the website of PTA, then you can see that it is their procedure to take your address and contact number. Take a look on the link below, in “What to provide” section they have mentioned that.
      imei.pta.gov.pk/

      So, I think that the person on the helpline was simply following the procedure. And it is pretty fine to ask address and all that for the verification purposes.

  3. Very informative points raised on a issue that we faced alot and its very embarrassing.Good solutions provided to save our data and to discourage snatching.

  4. Absolutely right. This is the reason I keep transfering my private data to system on regular basis. Memory cards can be used by anyone anywhere. We must have to be careful and create a proper backup on system too. Well written and thanks for sharing.

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