Those handsets that comes with fake or no IMEI (Chinese mostly) is likely to go dead by December first as per directives issued by TRAI (Telecom regulatory Authority of India). As per TRAI’s notice, all the Indian mobile service providers are strictly ordered not to carry calls from all handsets not having genuine IMEI numbers or the ones with no IMEI with effect from 1st December 2009.
So check out if your mobile carries a genuine IMEI number else you will have to implant a genuine IMEI by December 1st to enjoy uninterrupted cellular services.
How to Check IMEI Number?
IMEI, also known as International Mobile Equipment Identity is a 15 digit numeric code used to identify each mobiles. You can check the IMEI of your mobile phone by dialing *#06# from the handset
How to Check the Validity of an IMEI?
After locating your IMEI number, if you are not sure if it is a genuine or fake IMEI, then you can check it out using either of the 2 ways mentioned below:
- Simply send an SMS to 53232 with the keywords “IMEI<space><15 Digit IMEI No>”
For Ex. send “IMEI 123456789123456” to 53232
- The validity of an IMEI can also be checked online by visiting this page
Where to Implant Genuine IMEI from?
Incase you find no IMEI number after dialing *#06# or you doubt your handset doesn’t carry a genuine IMEI (most likely in Chinese handsets) then you may visit a nearest authorized IMEI implanting centers set up by the Mobile Standard Alliance of India (with your photograph and a copy of identity proof) and get a genuine IMEI implanted on your mobile instantly by paying 199 Rupee.
Links: Checking Validity of an IMEI No. | Authorized IMEI Implantation Centers