COAI Warns Mobile Users against IMEI Implant by Unauthorized Players

COAI Warns Mobile Users against IMEI Implant by Unauthorized PlayersThe Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) today issued a cautionary notice by media ad to those GSM mobile subscribers who have their connections disconnected due to use of handsets with non-valid IMEI and who maybe tempted to approach local retailers and other players offering to implant valid IMEI onto such handsets.

COAI says “We have been informed that some unauthorized people are implanting IEMI numbers in Subscribers mobile handsets alleging that activitiy is being done upon the authorization of COAI. It may be noted that COAI has not authorized any person to carry out this activity”

The GSM lobby also said that while it had offered such a programs for Genuine IEMI Implants, some time back it has withdrawn the same following directive from the DoT.

The unauthorized players including some branded mobile shops are still offering the IEMI implant service for non- IMEI mobile phones to make quick money, such implants are now illegal as COAI said.

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December 16, 2009 2:17 pm 2:17 PM
The Government feels good when poor public is in trouble, The GII progrmmme was not properly PUBLICISED nether any sms or any infomation was sent to the people using the Mobile Phone with wrong IMEI people were unaware what to do where to do it Most of the people realised that only after phone were blocked.It would have been better that phone would have been barred then GII programme would have been initiated. I dont understand was governement sleeping while doing trade with chinese manufacturers it would have been made clear on initial stage of delaing with chinese companies that… Read more »
December 16, 2009 12:14 am 12:14 AM

foolish govt guidelines.
on one hand, they dont allow non-imei phones from operating. but when the same phones r lost or stolen, the govt doesnt compel operators to hv the phones locked on the basis of imei no. then whats the drama of forcing imei to all customers.
if customers r using imei phones, they shud get the benefit of using imei also when their instrument is lost.

December 15, 2009 11:05 pm 11:05 PM

Many people are realizing that their chinese handsets have invalid imei only after their phones stopped working, govt of india should extend the imei implant program for another 1 month to help these people