There were more than half a million attempts to connect to the network with more than 10,000 IMEIs in Azerbaijan
AzInTelecom LLC, operating under the Ministry of Digital Development and Transport, continues to take active measures against the registration of mobile devices with copied IMEI codes imported into Azerbaijan.
In this regard, AzInTelecom LLC regularly monitors and conducts detailed research on IMEI codes suspected of being copied. As a result, the copied IMEI code is given the status of "clone" and its use is restricted. The devices to which the IMEI code is transferred continue to use the telecommunication network only with the initially used numbers on them.
As of today, as part of the measures taken, 10065 IMEI codes have been assigned the status of "clone". Over the past three months, these IMEI codes have been found on the network with a subscriber ID of 1,121,002 mobile numbers. 555,963 attempts to connect to the network with these IMEI codes were rejected by the Mobile Device Registration System (MDRS).
Complaints received from citizens at post offices regarding the IMEI code, suspected of being cloned, were investigated. The status of "clone" is supposed to be given to 250 IMEI codes that have appeared on the network over the past three months with the identification of 3189 international mobile subscribers.
It should be noted that according to the "Mobile device registration rules" approved by the decision of the Cabinet of Ministers, mobile phones imported from abroad must be registered within 30 days to be used in the country's telecommunications network. In this case, the payment of the state fee is supposed to be made according to the market price of the mobile device brought to the country by an individual for personal consumption.
Sometimes, in order not to make the payment of the state fee, IMEI code of a previously registered phone is copied to new phones. The owner of the device that owns the copied IMEI code is completely unaware of this process and later encounters certain difficulties.
In order not to face such cases and not to fall victim of this fraud, information on the status of the copied IMEI code of newly acquired or currently used mobile phones can be obtained from the Single Electronic Services Portal of the Ministry of Digital Development and Transport.
To do this, you need to find out the device's IMEI code by dialing *#06# on the phone screen, and then enter the portal and select the " Check IMEI " service. Enter the IMEI code in the field that appears on the screen and click the "Check" button to find out if the phone's IMEI code has the "clone" status.