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How to certify a phone in Ukraine (IMEI registration of phones)

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What is IMEI?

IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identifier) ​​- a number consisting of 15 digits , is a unique number of each GSM mobile phone. It is installed in the factory during production and serves for accurate and complete identification of the device in the GSM network.

Today came from the operator SMS, that IMEI of our not-so-cheap phones are included in the "gray" base !

Your equipment will not be serviced since March 2010!

To check IMEI, press * # 06 # and check the result here - "Перевірка to code ІМЕІ"

On July 1, 2009, sales of mobile phones whose IMEI codes (IMEI - International Mobile Equipment Identity) were banned in Ukraine were not included in the general database. Now the seller is obliged to check the availability of the IMEYI code in the so-called "white list" by means of the Internet or SMS message before selling the mobile phone.

As already known, all purchased phones abroad Ukraine, whether it is China, Russia or any other country, currently require certification in Ukraine, because soon these phones will be turned off.

Phones count and number

According to the document, IMEI codes of all devices will be included in the unified database maintained by the UGCR, and access to it is controlled by state bodies (NCCR, MIA, etc.) and telecom operators. Until June 30, retailers had the right to sell terminals without registering their IMEI codes, however after this date it is prohibited to sell phones without registering their code. In addition, companies that supply mobile phones to Ukraine will also be required to register them with the UGCR before selling it at retail. Thus, IMEI of all new phones will be automatically included in the general database of the UGCR. Operators of communication are also obliged to transmit IMEI codes of all their subscribers to the common base by October. By this time the system will be formed so-called "black list", which will include the codes of lost or stolen phones. Phones that are not included in the common database or announced for search will not be served by any operator.

In addition, in April the decision of the National Commission for Communications Regulation (NCCR) entered into force, banning the import to Ukraine without permission of more than two mobile phones, and for the rest to obtain permission to the UGCR. How to import a mobile phone has identified UGTSR. All imported phones must be registered with the UGCC, by submitting the application with the IMEI code personally or by sending it by registered mail.

Mass outages can not be afraid

All mobile phones connected to the network before September 1, 2009 inclusive, regardless of the connection period, will be serviced without restrictions.

Owners of these mobile phones do not need to register previously purchased phones or check their legality. They will without any restrictions be serviced by mobile operators in the future.

After September 1, operators when connecting new subscribers' phones will automatically check their IMEI with a common base. If a subscriber connects a new phone whose IMEI does not appear in the common database, he receives an SMS message stating that this unit can be serviced only for three months. During this period, the subscriber can independently submit an application to the UGCC branch (in the SMS the addresses of the branches are indicated) with a request to register his phone. But, since IMEI is the serial number of the telephone, it does not matter which SIM card the operator uses.

Smuggling and theft to the past

How to certify a phone in Ukraine

According to the representatives of the UGCR, the innovation is designed to stop the "gray import" of mobile phones to Ukraine, the losses from which, according to the UGCR, are 1-1.5 billion UAH per year only due to non-payment of VAT when importing mobile phones to Ukraine. So, in 2007, about 720 thousand mobile phones imported to Ukraine were certified. Meanwhile, according to analysts, the country sold about 8.5 million units. That is, only 8.5% of phones were legally imported (and sold). In 2008, the situation improved somewhat, but not radically. According to UGTS statistics, 1.3 million phones were certified in the country, and 7.9-8.5 million units were sold on the market. The budget losses are estimated at UAH 1.5 billion.

Another advantage of maintaining a common IMEI database is the ability to block stolen devices. After the theft, the police, knowing the IMEI of the device, can put it on the "black list", the devices from which will not be serviced by any operator. In this way, the state hopes to make stealing mobile phones in Ukraine meaningless.

Operators vs. sellers for

According to mobile operators, the innovation, in spite of the apparent benefits, has a number of negative sides. For example, the fact that all costs associated with the regulation of mobile imports fall on the shoulders of mobile companies that are not directly related to this market, and in the future can be shifted to the shoulders of subscribers. In addition, they believe that at first this initiative can lead to a large number of complaints from consumers, because a mobile phone can be purchased without the relevant documents, for which the consumer is not responsible.

Representatives of trading networks believe that smuggling of phones is still unlikely to be stopped in this way, but the above procedure has an indisputable advantage: the responsibility for the illegal importation of phones will be borne by the producer and importer, rather than by retailers.

White, Gray, Black

As of September 1, 2009, Ukrchastotnadzor recorded all IMEI telephones, which at least once were included in Ukraine and they automatically got on the "white list". There are also "gray" and "black" lists.

The "gray list" is the phones that were imported to the territory of Ukraine after September 1, 2009, even if they were bought by certified in the country where they were bought, in Ukraine they will need to be re-certified. Non-certified phones will be disconnected immediately, as soon as it is technically possible, Ukrainian telecom operators are already preparing for this.

"Black list" - these are phones that have been lost, stolen or with "fixed" IMEI.

So, at the moment, all phones that were received in international parcels from relatives or bought in Internet shops with delivery from abroad, as well as personally brought phones from abroad, can be certified for FREE. You will spend only on postage stamps to send an envelope with the application and documents to Ukrchastotnadzor.

VARIANTS of the origin of the mobile phone

  1. acquired personally during his stay from abroad
  2. acquired personally during his stay from abroad in the CIS countries (for example, in Russia)
  3. received in international mail, international express mail
  4. purchased in an e-store outside of Ukraine
    1. 1. When importing a phone from abroad, the application shall be accompanied by:

  • copy or original of the customs declaration , which indicates the brand and number of phones ( no more than two )
  • a copy of the passport (1 page with a photo and a page with marks on crossing the border)

2. When importing a phone from abroad from CIS countries (for example, from Russia), the application is accompanied by:

  • copy or original of the customs declaration , which indicates the brand and number of phones ( no more than two )
  • copy of passport (1, 2 page and page with registration or registration)
  • if available, attach a copy of the migration card with a note on the border crossing.

3. When you receive a phone (no more than two) in an international postal parcel (parcel), or in international express mail (parcel post), the application is accompanied by:

  • copy of passport (1, 2 page and page with registration or registration)
  • copy or original of the customs declaration of the international standard - form CN23 , or label CN22
  • add a copy or original of the Act on the actual enclosure of the shipment by "EMS", in which the phone and a copy of the painting list are indicated (in case of receiving the phone in international express mail)

4. When buying a phone (no more than two) in an electronic store (which is located outside Ukraine), the application is attached:

  • copy of passport (1, 2 page and page with registration or registration)
  • copy or original of the customs declaration of the international standard - form CN23 , or label CN22
  • attach a copy or original of the Act on the actual enclosure of the item "EMS", in which the telephone and a copy of the inspection list are indicated

Some phones contain two IMEI numbers (for example - phones like Samsung Duos 780 (880)), in this case, two IMEI numbers must be entered in the application for entering into the code base.

Attention!!! The application must be accompanied by copies of the passport that certifies the identity of the applicant and the person who purchased (brought) this mobile phone.


  1. In case of importation of a mobile phone from abroad, an original of the issued customs declaration shall be attached to the application, in which the mark and the number of telephones are indicated. In case if the customs declaration was not filled out when importing the phone from abroad, copies of documents certifying the legality of the purchase of this phone (a copy of the first page of the passport and a page with the mark of crossing the border should be attached to the application).
  2. In case of receiving a mobile phone in an international postal mail, one of the documents attached to the application, which are stipulated by the Procedure and the conditions for the exercise of customs control of goods and other items transported (sent) across the customs border in international postal items (approved by the Decree of the Cabinet of Ministers of 25.12. 02 No. 1948):
    1. a) the CN 23 customs declaration, the completion of which is mandatory during the movement (transfer) of parcels, EMS postal items and items with declared value;
    2. b) the label "Customs CN 22", the presence of which is mandatory when moving (sending) small packages, parcels, bags "M" and express mail items "EMS" with the attachment of written correspondence;
    3. c) Cargo customs declaration - in cases stipulated by law;
    4. d) the act of the established form o sent goods and other items consisting of the employee of the postal operator in the case of non-declaration by the sender of goods and other items or the absence of a customs declaration CN; 23 (label "Customs CN 22") before departure, received by the citizen.
  3. In the case of receiving a mobile phone in an international express mail, one of the documents attached to the application, which are provided for in the Procedure and the conditions for exercising customs control over goods and other items, are transferred (forwarded) through the customs border in international express mail (approved by the Cabinet of Ministers Decree dated December 25, 2002 No. 1948):
    1. a) customs declaration M 16 (in case of receipt of the mailings addressed to citizens);
    2. b) customs declaration (in case of sending parcels by citizens);
    3. c) Cargo customs declaration - in cases stipulated by law.
  4. When ordering a mobile phone through online stores abroad and receiving it via international postal or express mail on request, the application shall be accompanied by the documents specified in paragraphs 2 and 3

A sample application for entering into the "white list" of the phone: http://www.ucrf.gov.ua/uk/imei_base/1257322590/

Address for sending the application and attached documents: 03179, Ukraine, Kiev, Peremogy Avenue, 15 km, Ukrainian Center of Radio Frequency

Question-answer on the site of Ukrchastotnadzor: http://www.ucrf.gov.ua/uk/imei_base/faq/

Thus, to buy phones with delivery from abroad or to import phones purchased abroad, it is possible.