India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has given out strict orders to disconnect all mobile phones bearing no IMEI (International Equipment Mobile Identity) number by 30th November 2009. So if you’re Indian resident, check your mobile phones IMEI number and verify whether it’s false or not now itself.
This initiative from DoT was due to use of Chinese and other un-branded phones in the recent terrorist activity which almost shook the country. The low cost Chinese mobile phones imported in India will be impacted the most as these phones do not have unique IMEI number and they could not be identified. This same can happen on locally assembled mobile phones if they are without a valid IMEI number.
IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) is unique 15 digit identification number of the Mobile Handset.It is automatically transmitted by the phone when the network asks for it. You can check the IMEI number by pressing *#06#.
Or you can check IMEI by removing the battery and locating a white sticker which will contain the IMEI number.
For checking IMEI number online, just go to this page and enter your imei number which you found out by pressing *#06#
You can check all known information regarding manufacturer, model type, and country of approval of a handset.
or you can download this software
IMEI Number Common Structure
|TAC – Type Allocation Code||Serial Number||Check Digit|
|Reporting Body Identifier, eg MSAI||Type Identifier defined by MSAI||Number range allocated by MSAI but assigned to individual mobile stations by the manufacturer.||Defined as a function of all other digits (calculated by the manufacturer).|
Validating IMEI by SMS (only for India)
For checking your Handset Genuine IMEI Number send SMS to 53232 (eg : IMEI <15digitnumber> send to 53232) only for Indian user.
If you are having an invalid IMEI number, then you can always get a new imei number by doing the following procedure. Check this post for more instructions on getting new IMEI number in India.