As fingerprints are to man, IMEI is for mobile phone. Each phone has a unique code called as IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) which is issued by the GSM authority.
As per Government of India Directive, handsets with non-genuine IMEI will stop working on all networks by 30th November 2009.
Wanna check your handsets IMEI number? Just dial *#06#.
A fifteen digit number will pop up on your screen, that my friend is your IMEI number.
Got an invalid IMEI number, don’t worry you wouldn’t need to throw your phone away, just do the following things:
- Visit an authorised GII (Genuine IMEI Implant) centres, set up on government approved process, which can implant new genuine IMEI on the handset. Click here to see the detailed list of the centres.
To see the list of The Mobile Stores, click here
- Pay a nominal charge of ` 199 (all inclusive) and obtain a receipt.
- Remember to carry your handset with a valid identity proof for identification purposes while visiting these centres.