Tampering Mobile IMEI Numbers to attract Jail-Term of up to three years

Government of India has declared tampering of IMEI number a punishable offence that can attract jail-term of up to 3 years and an additional fine. Through this decision the Government seeks to curb incidence of mobile theft. The move will ease tracking of lost mobile phones pertaining to fake IMEI numbers. From now on, it shall be unlawful, if a person, except the manufacturer intentionally removes, changes or alters unique International Mobile Equipment Identity Number.


What is an IMEI number?


The International Mobile Equipment Identity is a 15-digit number used by GSM mobile phones. The IMEI is essential for mobiles to identify and register themselves within the GSM network. It can also be used for banning a stolen phone from accessing the network. In case of a theft, mobile owners can inform their network provider to blacklist the stolen mobile phone using its IMEI number.


The IMEI number can only be changed by a technical person or by the manufacturer using special equipment. Until recently, the number was thought to be a fool-proof way of tracking a stolen mobile phone. Telecom Enforcement Resource and Monitoring (TERM) cell of the Department of Telecom found 18,000 stolen handsets using the same IMEI number and registered on the network. Detection of phones using fake IMEIs has proven to be difficult up till now.


The Solution


The Government is installing a new system which will block all services on stolen mobile phones. The new system will be universally-compatible with all networks. Even if the SIM Slot is emptied out or changed or if the IMEI number of the handset is interfered with.


Even GPS Trackers from ThinkRace Technology are equipped with a robust security system and unique International Mobile Equipment Identity numbers to facilitate vehicle and personal tracking.

September 28, 2017 1:07 am