Sep 28, 2008

Cheap China Mobiles are a cause of concern to Security Agencies

Cheap Chinese mobiles are a cause of concern to Indian security agencies. This poses a major threat to India, as these mobiles do not follow standards.

China mobiles do not have IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number on them. When one activates a SIM card in a mobile then IMEI number automatically get activated with the GSM service provider. CDMA mobile phones have an electronic serial number equivalent to the IMEI in GSM phones. With unique IMEI in mobiles, it is possible to trace a call and find out caller’s identity. Stolen mobiles can be blocked using IMEI number.

IB (intelligence bureau) has recommended to the Home Ministry and Department of Telecommunications (DOT) to ban the sales of such handsets immediately.

These mobile phones do not comply with global radiation emission norms. So, these cheap mobile phones are a health risk.

The IMEI is a unique 17-or 15-digit code used to identify an individual mobile station to
a GSM or any other network. Type *#06# to view your IMEI number.