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Validate IMEI numbers of Chinese Handsets and Get new valid IMEI numbers

Finally, government of India and Dot has decided to stop use of all Chinese made handsets in India which do not have unique IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number. From 1st December all such handsets will stop working because all mobile operators across India are asked to stop services to such handsets. IMEI number is a unique 15 digit identification number assigned to each mobile handset device and it is possible to track a mobile number with the help of this unique IMEI numbers. In last few years, many cheap Chinese handsets have entered in India which either do not have any IMEI number or they have cloned or duplicate IMEI numbers. All handsets with no IMEI number or with duplicate or cloned numbers will come under this ruling and will become idle from 1st December, 2009.

To check IMEI number of your handset type *#06# on mobile keypad and soon a 15 digit long unique number will appear on your mobile screen. This 15 digit unique identification is IMEI number of your mobile handset.

Now if your Chinese mobile do not show any IMEI number or 0000000000 then it is going to become useless from 1st Dec. Moreover, even if your Chinese handset is showing an unique IMEI number, it is important to validate that it is an unique IMEI number and not a cloned or duplicate IMEI number because recently many local Chinese firms sent millions of cheap mobiles in India with duplicate or cloned IMEI number which are also equally invalid as per international and Indian laws.

People can validate IMEI numbers of their handsets by sending their IMEI numbers of two numbers 57886 and 53232.

First Type IMEI (in Capital) space IMEI number and then send it to either 57886 or 53232. Within few minutes, people will receive a message about validity of IMEI number.

e.g. IMEI 352536650070854

In both cases of no IMEI number or duplicate IMEI number, people can use a service started by Mobile Standards Alliance of India (Govt. Approved) to provide valid and unique IMEI to all such handsets by paying just Rs 199. After getting new IMEI number, any person can use such handsets for as long as he wants.

People can get the list of all available authorized service centers in their area by visiting this link http://www.msai.in/listofcentre.php. It is important to get new IMEI number from only authorized shops approved by Mobile Standards Alliance of India.

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