India continues the battle against illegal mobile activity

India’s Directorate General of Foreign Trade today announced that is banning certain mobile phones from entering the country. Any device lacking a 15-digit IMEI code is banned from being imported.

The IMEI code is the International Mobile Equipment Identity code – it allows operators to track the device whenever it makes a call across the network.

What we think?

Following the terrorist action in Mumbai last year, where devices without IMEIs were used, India has decided that the devices represent a security threat. However according to BT Cellnet, IMEI are not infallible – they can be programmed into stolen handsets, and 10% of IMEIs are not unique.

About Cian O' Sullivan

Ace reporter, Cian, has moved on from GoMo News. He is currently the office manager for Photocall Ireland - Ireland's premier news and PR photography agency. You can check out the site at If you want to contact him directly about anything, Cian's new email is cian at photocallireland dot com.
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