The government has declared tampering in the mobile IMEI number as a punishable offense, in which the person found guilty can be jailed for up to three years. The government has taken this step to control the incidents of mobile theft in the country.
The IMEI number is the 15 digits unique number for any mobile phone. Each mobile has an IMEI number, which is different from any other mobile or devices. These numbers are also available in GSM, CDMA and IDEN and some satellite phones.
In the year 2009, the telecom department had sought to resolve the problem of providing mobile service with the fake IMEI of telecom operators, but finding such a phone seems very difficult.
So far, IMEI was considered enough for phone tracking, but under a phone tracking case, Telecom Enforcement Resource and Monitoring (TERM) found approximately 18,000 handsets, whose has the same IMEI number.
The Department of Telecommunications issued a notification on August 25, 2017. This step is very helpful to resolve the issues related to fake IMEI numbers and lost mobile phones.
According to the notification issued by Department of Telecommunications, it is illegal to altering, modifying or removing any mobile’s IMEI number.
The new rule is named as Mobile Device Equipment Identification Number, Rules, 2017. These rules have been formed with Section 7 of the Indian Telegraph Act and Section 25.
Meanwhile, the Department of Telecom is also implementing a new system under which all the mobile phones which lost and stolen from any network will be discontinued even if its SIM or IMEI number is changed.
How to locate your phone’s IMEI number
To see your phone’s IMEI number on your phone’s screen, dial *#06# on your phone.
In this way, you can note down your IMEI number, if your mobile phone is stolen, you will have to submit this number to the police while filing a complaint.