…cautions Nigerians against buying them

Uyai-Abasi Etido

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has released a list of unapproved phones in the Nigerian market warning Nigerians to avoid buying them irrespective of their low price.

The commission also assured that marketers harbouring counterfeit devices in the Nigerian market will be sanctioned and penalized.

NCC stated these following the arrest of one Yahaya Ado of Gezawa Communications Limited for selling counterfeit Gionee devices.

The NCC’s Head of Enforcement, Mallam Salisu Abdu, who led the team, expressed concerns at how the GSM Market in Beirut Street, Kano, was awash with counterfeit phone and unapproved devices, noting that the unapproved devices have negatively affected the quality of experience while leaving their users vulnerable to losses and other discomforts.

The unapproved phones in Nigeria are Gionee branded phones with model numbers G800, and L990; H-Mobile phones with model numbers it5606+, and H351 FoxKong with model numbers F30, and F300 KGTEL phones with model numbers K2160 and KG1100.

Meanwhile, the NCC website has in it a compiled list of 1,891 approved phone types from various manufacturers. The phones listed are those made by Nokia, Apple, Fero, Motorola, Huawei, Sony Ericsson, Itel, LG Samsung, among several others.