Fake IMEI numbers are a concern for the sake of overall security of the mobile phone users. It needs to be taken seriously and the Indian Government is making all possible efforts to ban such handsets that have duplicate or counterfeit IMEI numbers.
The short form of IMEI stands for International Mobile Equipment Industry.
It needs no mention, but still for those, who do not know, IMEI numbers are used for the purpose of identifying a handset. It is a unique identity for any mobile handset. However, the dealers have found a dodge in the law that does not allow any handsets to be sold in the market like the ones mentioned above.
There is an order already passed that does not allow handsets to be imported with numbers like “00…00”. So, what does this mean? In simple words, any duplicate or other cloned numbers – fake IMEI numbers – were not under the ban. However, the new guidelines prohibit such handsets from entering the market.
The issue was also raised by Mr. Pankaj Mohindroo, who is from Indian Cellular Association. He said that such sort of cleaning up in the grey market on the fake IMEI numbers is a reception. There was also a news report regarding the bogus IMEI numbers in the Times of India. You can read about it here.
The Government of India has also included the GSM mobile handsets and CDMA phones along with either the fake IMEI numbers or counterfeit ESN or Electronic Serial Number. There are devices with Mobile Equipment Identifier (MEID) that are also banned and so cannot be imported in India.
There are multiple ways of finding the IMEI number of a mobile device. However, the most common of them all is dialing a code from the keypad of the device to retrieve the IMEI number. The code “*#06#” – without the quotes will display the IMEI number of the gadget.
The IMEI numbers are either 15 digits or 17 digits, while the MEID numbers have 14 digits. If you are using Apple iPhone models like iPhone 5, 5c, 5s or the first original model, you will find this number to the back of the device.
If you are using an Android phone, open the Settings from the Menu and scroll down to About phone. Tap Status and you should see “IMEI information” entry. Once again, tapping it will display the IMEI number of your device.