By Alex Romeo R. Fernandez
DAGUPAN CITY – The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has urged the public to report to their office any incident of cell phone theft or loss so that the phone may be blocked and rendered unusable.
Engr. Rolando Savellano of the NTC Regional Field Office here said that lost or stolen phones might be used for illicit purposes, including impersonating the original owner, by those who found it.
Blocking involves the identification of the 15-digit IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number printed at the back of every phone set and on the original phone box. IMEI is unique to any wireless device, thus can be used to identify a phone.
Blocked IMEIs are posted at [email protected], and the phone bearing that with IMEI cannot be used on any network.
Anyone seeking to block a stolen phone is required to sign an affidavit of ownership and loss with undertaking at any NTC office, and must present a proof of ownership, which may include purchase receipt, owner’s certificate or the IMEI sticker from the original box of the handset.
In the absence of any proof of ownership, the applicant may instead submit a police report. Applicants will be charged P50 for notary fee.
The regional field office here is located in Barangay Tapuac and can be reached at this telephone number, (075)-522-3677.
Meanwhile, Savellano advised anyone not to divulge any personal information to unknown texters, particularly those who claim to have the recipient winning a large sum of money.
Recipients should keep such text message and inform the NTC office immediately, he said. (Reprinted from One-Luzon e-Magazine)