- The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has revealed a list of unapproved phones that Nigerians should not buy or use
- The authority also warned against using the listed devices, warning against forgery
- Most of the phones listed are sold in the market and can be purchased for as low as N2,000
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has warned consumers to take care of and use devices that have not been approved.
The Commission also announced severe penalties for marketers who sell counterfeit devices to Nigerians.
NCC said this in a statement after its team arrested Yahya Addo of Gezawa Communications Limited for selling counterfeit Gionee devices.
Ado, the NCC also disclosed that it could not show any evidence of the mandate given to the company by the commission.
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Risks of using uncertified devices
In its statement, the NCC warned that uncertified devices negatively affected the quality of the experience while leaving their users vulnerable to losses and other inconveniences.
The Daily Trust reported that Malam Salisu Abduh, Head of Enforcement at the NCC, who led the team, expressed concerns that the GSM market in Beirut Street, Kano, is awash with fake and uncertified phones.
Below is a list of phones that are not approved in Nigeria
- Gionee-branded phones with model numbers G800 and L990;
- H-Mobile phones with model numbers it5606+ and H351
- FoxKong with the F30 and F300 models
- KGTEL phones with model numbers K2160 and KG1100.
List of supported phones
Meanwhile, the NCC website has compiled a list of 1,891 certified variants of phones from various manufacturers.
Listed phones are those made by Nokia, Apple, Fero, Motorola, Huawei, Sony Ericsson, Itel, LG Samsung, and others.
To check out the full list, click here.
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