Real issues with the Indian mobile sector include blackmarketing, bogus IMEI numbers, phone thefts, and phone tampering. From January 1, 2023, all mobile phone makers are required by the new regulations to register the IMEI number of each device made in India with the Indian Counterfeit Device Restriction (ICDR) portal.

The notification from the Department of Telecommunications states that “the importer shall register the international mobile equipment identity number of the mobile phone imported in India for sale, testing, research, or any other purpose with the Indian Counterfeit Device Restriction portal ( of the Government of India before importing the mobile phone into the country” reads the official government notification. Millions of feature phones and smartphones in the nation have IMEI numbers that are bogus or even duplicates.

What does IMEI stand for?

International Mobile Equipment Identity is what IMEI stands for. It is a distinctive number used to identify satellite phones as well as GSM, WCDMA, and iDEN mobile phones. Every phone has a unique IMEI number, however dual SIM phones have two unique IMEI numbers. In cases of theft, it is simpler to locate the phone using the IMEI number.

The phone’s serial number can be used to confirm the phone’s legitimacy. A phone is phoney if it lacks an IMEI number. Always check the IMEI number of the smartphone before making a purchase. Use your phone to dial *#06# to check your IMEI number.

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