The Telecommunication Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) issued a reminder yesterday asking the public to check with TRCSL for approval when purchasing new mobile phones.
While sending reminders via mobile phones, TRCSL asked the public to verify their approval by simply sending the IMEI number to 1909.
TRCSL must obtain approval to import/bring any type of mobile phone/communication device that is connected to any cellular network by inserting the Subscriber Identity Module (SIM).
However, this would not apply to telecommunications equipment operated with a SIM card that is already connected to the Mobile Operator Network. The general public was therefore advised to purchase SIM-operated telecommunications equipment from dealers holding a vendor license issued by TRCSL.
They can only issue their devices with an approved TRCSL sticker on them.
- There is no need to re-register approved TRCSL phones with the TRCSL. The 15-digit International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) is a unique number given to every single phone, typically found inside when the battery is removed or on the back of the device in the form of a sticker.
- You can also view it on the phone screen by entering *#06# on your mobile phone keypad.
- The customer may request the vendor to check the TRCSL approval sticker (send SMS to 1909 after typing IMEI <15 digit IMEI number>) to determine whether the approval is original or false.
All vendors selling mobile phones must have a valid Vendors License issued by the TRCSL and must be displayed in their outlets.
- Type Allocation Code (TAC) is the first eight digits of the IMEI number that uniquely indicates the MARKETING and the MANUFACTURER details of the particular device. Types of Approved Mobile Phones/Devices are available on the TRCSL website at www.trc.gov.lk.