LAHORE – The local market is flooded with two new models of China made mobile sets equipped with facility of voice changers, which have security implications.
An insider in the mobile phone union told this scribe that these mobile phone sets were among the banned products but its illegal business was increasing day by day under the nose of law enforcement agencies and the union leaders.
A user can change his voice from man to a woman, young to old to kid if he/she wants so while using this technology
provided in the mobile sets.
Earlier this facility was available in the form of hand-free of mobile sets and now a big stock of two sets of China
companies was available in the market.
These two mobile phones can be purchased in models C2000 and V18, which at quite affordable prices Rs 4, 000 and Rs
4, 500 respectively while hand free is also available at Rs 250 only.
These mobile handsets with facility of voice changers could be used for causing mischief or criminal purposes. Though
police was not involved in the misuse of these handsets but some miscreants were using this facility to tease people
especially modifying their voice like that of woman.
As the business of these mobile sets is increasing day by day, the complaints are also on the rise due to its misuse.
A mobile phone wholesale dealer at Hall Road said that voice modifier equipment was installed in two mobile handsets
C2000 and V18 that were made in China. The market of these sets is on the rise and especially youngsters are among the
main customers of the said handsets. Big stocks of these mobile sets reveal that this product is in high demand.
“It is very easy to convince a customer when I told him that you can make a call without being recognised using a cell
phone voice changer technology,” said a shopkeeper at Hall Road. Seeking anonymity he said he was selling these
mobile phone sets between 700 to 1200 daily.
It is learnt reliably that the users are deceiving the woman by changing their voice into a female voice, offering them
handsome jobs and admissions in government colleges.
The widespread misuse of these mobile handsets could create trouble in future for the people as well as the law
enforcement agencies if prompt action is not taken in this regard, commented a mobile dealer, requesting not to be
A Mozang resident and school teacher by profession, Abdul Razzaq said that there is serious need to hold negotiations
with the main and big dealers running business of these mobile sets in Pakistan. The handsets of China companies
equipped with voice changer devices should be immediately removed from the market otherwise situation will go out of
police’s reach, he suggested.
Abdul Razzaq is father of a girl who was trapped by a man who remained in contact with her for two months on her cell
phone. The unknown man made her friend by changing his voice as she thought him a woman. The unknown man used
voice changer technology while talking to her on her cell phone.
Abdul Razzaq said he managed this problem by changing her daughter’s cell number when he came to know that the
caller was a male.
The owner of Usama Mobile at Hall Road is one of the big dealers running business of China Mobiles in Pakistan.
Mehboob who introduced himself as manager of the Usama Mobile said that the business of mobile sets providing
technology of voice changers was absolutely illegal. He claimed that they had stopped business of these mobile phone
sets after noticing sharp increase in complaints.
He disclosed that the matter was under consideration at the platforms of different mobile phone unions.
When contacted the president Quami Tajir Ittehad, Hall Road, Babar Khan said that there was serious need to take
prompt action against the sale of mobile phone sets equipped with voice changer devices, as business of such sets was
illegal and against market rules.
Such type of mobile sets are among the banned products in the market, he said adding that union will take initiative to
stop this business.
The union president Babar Khan said that a circular would be issued to intimate the main dealers running business of
these mobile phone sets soon.
Source: The Nation, 21/4/2008