While there are a number of great phones on the market, buyers should be very careful about looking out for fake ones. The Tanzanian government plans to start banning fake phones in the near future, but some may still be sold by unscrupulous advertisers.
The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) reports that the ban on fake phones, headsets, and mobile devices will go into effect on June 17, 2016. The ban is intended to protect customers both from fraud and health risks.
We need to have all mobile handsets checked, to remain with only genuine phones with registered numbers by June, this year,” said Innocent Mungy, community manager for the TCRA. “All fake handsets will be blocked and destroyed.”
The Central Equipment Identification Register (CEIR) is creating a list of banned phones, which will be available to the public in the near future. Customers are also urged to avoid purchasing phones selling for less than 100 USD, since they will not work. Keep in mind that this rule of thumb is intended for customers purchasing new phones, since used phones are often sold on Kupatana for less. However, you should still be careful when purchasing a phone through Kupatana.
Tigo, one of the leading cell phone companies in Tanzania, has said that about 40% of grey phones will also be banned. Tigo has advised us to pay close attention to phones listed on our website to protect customers and ensure laws are being followed. We will likely be posting disclaimers on some of our listings to ensure customers don’t purchase illegal grey phones.