Threat to Grey Market – Invalid IMEI Numbers will be Disconnected by March 31st

DoT earlier instructed operators to disconnect all handsets which do not have an IMEI number and while the deadline was set for Jan 2009, operators have now started informing subscribers that services to cellphones without a valid International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number will soon be disconnected.

The decision obviously came keeping national security in mind – but operators will need to cough up extra money for upgrading infrastructure (as they need to equip networks with Equipment Identity Register (EIR) to check if calls are being made from genuine handsets).

Close to 25 million phones in India do not have IMEI number and are expected to be thrown out of the network (deadline of March 31, 2009) – this move will significantly impact the grey market.

To find out your mobile’s IMEI number, simply enter *#06# key sequence.

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