imei-to-non-iemi-by-coaiThe Department of Telecom (DoT) has given the go-ahead to GSM operators to provide a new unique identification number to over 16-million China-made  non-IMEI mobile phones in the country. A hope for around 30 million mobile phones in the country which are unbranded Chinese mobiles that do not have IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) numbers which pose a serious security risk will be dead.Users of these handsets, which don’t have the 15-digit International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number, will have to shell out about Rs 180 to obtain the number.

The Department of Telecom (DoT) had earlier asked telecom operators to bar services to phones without IMEI number, citing security reasons. Many handsets assembled locally or imported from China don’t have IMEI numbers that allow security agencies to trace the location of the phone user.DoT had proposed to bar all mobile phones without IMEI numbers after investigations into last year’s bomb blasts revealed that mobile phones used by terrorists didn’t bear valid IMEI numbers.

But now with a new software, developed by GSM operators’ body Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) and Mobile Standards Alliance of India, users of such handsets could get genuine IMEI numbers and continue to receive telecom services.
They will have to visit any of the 1,600 centres being set up by COAI across the country to get the software installed on their phones. The first 10 centres became operational in Delhi on Monday and the remaining will be ready in a phased manner.
“We believe that most of these handsets are owned by the masses. Thus, it would be unfair and unjust to disconnect such customers as they have bought these handsets unknowingly,” COAI director general TV Ramachandran said.
The association has obtained IMEI numbers from GSMA, the global body that allocates these numbers. According to industry estimates, Chinese handsets account for about 13.3%, or Rs 4,000 crore, of India’s total mobile handset market, which is pegged at around Rs 30,000 crore a year.

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  • Tapas September 30, 2012 6:02 pm

    It’s Good work

  • Rakesh May 13, 2011 1:06 pm

    g five AP3 mobil is bad cell phone

  • arunraj July 13, 2010 2:09 pm

    I am using a g-five handset for the last 7 months, which is having only one valid imei number.

    My second line has not have a valid imei number. Hence it was blocked.

    Pl help me to activate it

  • gopal January 2, 2010 12:50 pm

    How to get my china mobile IMEI no plese kindly info for my mail id
    Thank u

  • rahul ramdas December 1, 2009 7:27 pm

    my imeino: 357087083600052 imeisv:78 2.357087083600060

  • rahul ramdas December 1, 2009 7:25 pm

    pls register the imei no. ihave a china set with me

  • Agnivo November 20, 2009 12:02 am

    @ranjit dixit
    356269020072014 – correct but no mfg. record.
    Your second IMEI is surely invalid, they should start with 35.

    350880070379525 – registered to Nokia 6800!

  • ranjit dixit November 19, 2009 11:52 pm

    imei:-356269020072014,imei sv:-78,imei no:-135790246811220.give ma a imei set up genuas imei.

  • asif November 18, 2009 1:45 pm

    please help me to IMEI no for my china handset i m from varanasi my handset IMEI NO. 350880070379525 and IMEISV: 78. thanking u

  • hanuman Ram November 17, 2009 2:16 pm

    please help me to IMEI no for my china handset i m from raipru saraipal

  • amos November 5, 2009 11:13 am

    please help me to IMEI no for my china handset i m from raipru saraipali

  • prabu October 3, 2009 8:02 pm

    please send Coimbatore IMEI(coai) center address..

  • RDB October 2, 2009 12:13 pm

    Get here :

    here you’ll find two links, use them both to find ur nearest IMEI installing center.

  • ROHIT October 2, 2009 10:49 am

    Can u give phone no.and adresses of mobile service centre where valid IMEI no. is given to the chinese phone on payment

  • I.M Shaikh June 27, 2009 2:54 pm

    Pls say me How to chack my china Mob. IMEI No. Valid or not ?
    Pls give me right way

  • Biswas May 5, 2009 6:25 pm

    at 1st all they need proper campaignin

  • emad May 5, 2009 6:19 pm

    We have to wait and see when it will happen and how much illetrate chines mobile users will take a IMEI number for their phones and pay 150 bucks to those companies

  • sriram May 5, 2009 4:43 pm

    This is really a good step! These chinese mobiles were causing a lot of trouble in many frauds!

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