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CCK sets new deadline for switch off of counterfeit mobile handsets

The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) has set 30th September 2012 as the new deadline for operators to switch off fake mobile phone handsets. The original deadline was December last year, but that was then pushed forward to April this year owing to what the commission said was inadequate consultation and a lack of technology.

Regulatory concern over counterfeit handsets stems from the fact that counterfeit devices deny manufacturers revenue through counterfeit production of their products. In addition, use of counterfeit handsets may expose consumers to safety and health risks as the phones may not meet the approved radiation standards. Further counterfeit devices typically enter markets via unofficial channels thus denying the government of revenue.

According to industry statistics, close to 2.4 million mobile phones in the market are counterfeit, representing 9.39 % of the active mobile devices in the country.  The ongoing initiative to rid Kenya of counterfeit mobile phones is driven by CCK in conjunction with industry players, handset manufacturers, and other relevant government agencies including KeBS, Office of the President, Anti-Counterfeit Agency, and the Kenya Revenue Authority.

The good news now is that  a system through which subscribers would be able to interrogate a central database via SMS to verify whether their devices are genuine or not has been put in place.

In order to confirm if a handset is genuine, a subscriber will use the following procedure:

·        Dial*#06# to establish the mobile handset’s IMEI.

·        Copy the 15-digit number displayed on the screen.

·        Type the 15-digit number (IMEI) and submit it via SMS to 1555.

CCK today also launched the Anti-Counterfeit campaign that seeks to  ensure that mobile services subscribers are aware that their mobile might cease to work once the switch off date reaches. Mobile operators will also now have more time to make technical preparations for disconnecting the counterfeit handsets.

Dial that *#06# number and make sure you have a genuine handset!

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