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The GSM lobby also said that while it had offered such a programs for Genuine IEMI Implants, some time back it has withdrawn the same following directive from the DoT.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