The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), while taking a biased step has re-imposed activation tax on mobile phone SIMs once again. The latest SRO 480(I)/2013 released on May 30, 2013 duties have been reduced on mobile phone import whereas the burden has been shifted on the cellular operators who have been crying against the tax of Rs. 250 for the past many years.
According to the new SRO, definition of mobile phones have divided into three categories, low priced, medium priced and smart cellular phones. Rs. 150 will be charged on import of low priced phone. Similarly Rs. 250 and Rs. 500 will be charged on import of medium and smart cellular phones respectively.