Since Cubans have been able to buy mobile lines in their name in 2008, a black market of telephones brought from abroad or stolen has flourished in the country. So the Communications Company ETECSA will block the service to mobile phones with an invalid international identity number, a measure announced two years ago to "protect users" from the acquisition of stolen or false terminals.
Customers affected by the regulations must appear at the company's commercial offices within 30 days "to clarify the situation or they will be discharged," ETECSA communicator Elisa Alfaro told the Cuban official press
This action "protects users from the acquisition of fake phones, or others that may be linked to criminal acts or misconduct, and prevents their misuse," the official told the Cuban News Agency.
The low state salaries in Cuba - which do not reach USD 29 per month - contrast with the high prices of mobile and fixed telephone equipment in the official ETECSA stores, which are prohibitive for most Cubans, who also look for more models. modern than those offered by the company.
Online sales sites such as Revolico and Porlalivre publish hundreds of advertisements every day with phones of all prices and brands, among which stand out the recognized Samsung and Apple, the most appreciated by Cubans.
Only in 2017 ETECSA activated 600,000 new cell phone lines in Cuba, where there are already 4.6 million, a figure that the company expects to increase to more than 5 million lines this year.
The entity announced in 2016 that it would block its telephony services and internet access to terminals with incorrect IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) numbers.
This pre-recorded USSD code in mobile phones of the GSM system consists of 15 digits, an exclusive identification number that is transmitted by the equipment to the network when connecting to it and which, if it does not coincide with that of the manufacturer, is considered invalid.
This situation is typical "in non-original equipment" or in stolen and altered phones. Cubans can check the validity of their IMEI on the official website of ETECSA, which is responsible for contacting those affected if the number is incorrect.
Taken from: Infobae