Handsets without IMEI number may be disconnected
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Handsets without IMEI number may be disconnected

By SiliconIndia   |   Thursday, 29 October 2009, 09:55 Hrs   |    3 Comments
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Bangalore: The mobile handsets which do not have International Mobile Equipment Identification (IMEI) will face disconnections from December 1, says the Indian Cellular Association (ICA). The IMEI is a 15 digit code that identifies a handset and enables security agencies to track down users.

The Department of Telecom (DoT) had recently asked the mobile operators not to allow calls to be completed on handsets without IMEI number. Though there are no official statistics on the number of handsets without IMEI number, an industry estimate was around 25 million, said Pankaj Mohindroo, President, ICA.

The ICA had started a nationwide campaign to create awareness and prevent sale and purchase of such devices.

Mohindroo said that proliferation of unbranded phone devices, without IMEI number or with invalid or cloned numbers places a serious threat to national security as they could not be tracked.

Such devices are mainly sourced from China and are adversely impacting the organized mobile devices market apart from causing huge loss in revenue to the government, said Mohindroo.

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Reader's comments(3)
1: Take strict security measures and implement it 101% to make sure that the bleady mobiles without IMEI which are mainly imported from Chinese needs to banned and hope it minimizes all security risks related to Country, and hope that Indian Govt. takes all these nuisance things with China or anyother country in a rigorous manner. Shame on all Mobile phone providers just for the sake of personal profit doing all these crap things.
Posted by:vinodk - 30 Oct, 2009
2: Why Indian telecom allow to use the phones with out IMEI number?
Posted by:Engineer - 29 Oct, 2009
You are talking about allowing the instruments
If you TRAI verifies all connection, there will be some more interesting facts
We can find more than 10 million connections without valid documents
For little knowledge, go to any shot in a rural area and ask for a sim card, you will get it within 10 min which will be pre-activated
So how can we go for blocking all these handsets

This process was started way back in Nov,2008 but the same is on hold since than
Hrushikesh Replied to: Engineer - 29 Oct, 2009