…to activate a valid IMEI number on your phone if your phone does not have an IMEI or the IMEI is invalid.
Starting tomorrow, mobile phones without IMEI will go useless
Millions of mobile phones without unique identification numbers will stop ringing tomorrow, as the deadline by the government to operators to block calls to such devices on security concerns is expiring on November 30.
The 15-digit International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number helps security agencies trace calls made from and received on handsets.
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Which models are going to die?
The low end Chinese phones that have flooded the market are going to be hit. According to one estimate there are 25 million such phones in the country.
What to do?
Readers who have a Chinese make phone need not panic. All they need to do is contact their mobile operator and ask them to implant an IMEI number on the phone. Remember the government doesn’t hate Chinese phones, it only hates the phones that don’t have an IMEI. The cellular phone operator association of India had made provision to incorporate a valid IMEI into such Chinese handsets through the use of a software mechanism but the response hasn’t been on expected lines.
Some useful links:
Displaying your IMEI number and the effect it has on your mobile phone: LINK
Check if your IMEI number is authentic: LINK
IMEI registration in India: LINK
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