What is an IMEI number?
The IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number is a unique 15 digit code in the mobile which is used to identify your mobile handset.
Why does every mobile handset need to have a valid IMEI number?
A mobile handset with no IMEI or invalid IMEI number can be a threat against national security. This is because a mobile without a valid IMEI number is difficult to trace, which means criminal groups can use such handsets to evade detection. That’s why handsets with an invalid or no IMEI number will not work on any network.
Is it a Regulatory Requirement?
Yes, in the interest of national security, the Department of Telecom (Govt. of India) (vide reference NO-20-40/2006/BS-III(PT)(VOL.I)/201 dated 3rd September 2009), has directed all cellular mobile service providers not to allow calls to be made from any mobile handset with an invalid IMEI number from 30th November 2009 onwards.
How to check your mobile phone’s IMEI validity?
To check the validity of your handset’s IMEI number just follow these simple steps:
- Type the code *#06# on your mobile handset.
- The 15 digit IMEI number of the handset will appear on the screen.
- Send a SMS as IMEI < Space> < IMEI number> to 52277 (toll free) from any GSM handset with a valid IMEI Number.
Note: On Blackberry handsets, the IMEI number on the screen contains dots (e.g. 123.456.789012345).
For example: If the IMEI number of your handset is "123456789012345", SMS "IMEI 123456789012345" to 52277.
Make sure that you do not to include any dots in the IMEI number when sending the SMS to 52277.
What If your handset doesn't have a valid IMEI number?
In case your mobile handset has no IMEI number or has an invalid IMEI number, you will be required to get another mobile handset with a valid IMEI number.