MCMC's Public Cellular Blocking Service: A National System Designed To Assist Victims Of Phone Theft
- Published on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 09:02
For majority of users that have experienced it, losing a mobile phone whether due to accidental reasons or theft is a rather troublesome experience. To help Malaysian users cope with such situation as well as an effort to curb mobile phones theft, the Malaysia Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has activated the Public Cellular Blocking Service (PCBS) since February 2014.
With the cooperation from all telcos in Malaysia, PCBS allows lost or stolen mobile phone to be blocked from accessing any given mobile network throughout the country. This is done with the help of International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) which is a unique identification number that are given to each GSM and UMTS mobile phones in this world.
In order to utilize PCBS in the case of phone lost or theft, all users need to do is report the incident to their respective telco which will then retrieve the IMEI number of the unfortunate device from its network records and pass it to PCBS. From there, PCBS will then pass the info to all telcos so that a nationwide block on the said device could take place.
Consumers are also urged by MCMC to register their devices for free on PCBS BlockMyPhone portal as the system is also linked to authorities and trusted third parties that might be able to facilitate the return of the lost or stolen device back to users, shall it to be found again. The portal is able to support up to 10 devices per users although registration is still purely on voluntary basis.
Do note that PCBS and SIM block are not the same thing as PCBS blocks the actual physical device while SIM block involves user’s own SIM card and cellular service in order to avoid unwanted charged made by the people that found or stole your device. Furthermore, PCBS is not able to determine the locations of the lost or stolen device and can’t be used to remotely activate a full system wipe on the device.
To know more PCBS, check out its portal over at www.blockmyphone.my.