Chinese mobiles to continue in India

The Government of India had recently issued an order according to which you could not use a Chinese made mobile phone (Chinese Mobiles) handset in India as the cellphones either did not use a valid IMEI code or worst still, did not have one at all!

Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has developed a software that will provide a unique IMEI number identity to those handsets that don't have it. The Department of Telecom (DoT) has given a go-ahead to the COAI-Mobile Standard Alliance collaboration to carry out a project through which an IMEI number will be added to the handsets through a software.

To get this project kick-started, there will be around 1,600 retail outlets set up across the country. These will be introduced in a phased manner, finer details of which are currently unavailable.

Ten of such service centers that will offer to add an IMEI numbers to deficient Chinese phones have already commenced in Delhi on Monday.

International Mobile Equipment Identity, or IMEI, is a unique 15-digit code that identifies a mobile. It is unique to each GSM handset and in most countries, a legal prerequisite for handsets to operate. There are currently over 16-million China-made mobile phones in the country.