Black marketing, fake IMEI number, phone thefts, and phone tampering are real problems concerning the mobile industry in India. To keep a check on these issues in the country, the government has issued new guidelines. As per the new rules, all mobile phone manufacturers must register the IMEI number of every handset manufactured in India with the Indian Counterfeited Device Restriction (ICDR) portal starting January 1, 2023.
This rule will come into effect on January 1, 2023.
What is the IMEI number?
IMEI stands for International Mobile Equipment Identity. It is a unique number to identify GSM, WCDMA, and iDEN mobile phones as well as satellite phones. Every phone has a single IMEI number, but there are two IMEI numbers in the case of dual SIM phones. Using the IMEI number, it becomes easier to track the phone in theft situations.
Anyone can use this number to verify the authenticity of the phone. Any phone that does not have an IMEI number is fake. Users should always check the device’s IMEI number before buying it. To check the IMEI number, dial *#06# from your phone.
The government introduced the Indian Counterfeited Device Restriction in 2021 to issue IMEI certificates for the import of mobile devices through various customs ports.
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