How the government will help you to find your lost mobile?

How the government will help you to find your lost mobile? Now if you lose your mobile phone, you need not worry as the government will come to your rescue. Yes, you read it right!

The Central government has launched a portal which will help the users to detect their lost or stolen mobile phones.

How the government will help you to find your lost mobile?

How the government will help you to find your lost mobile?

Union Minister for Communications, Electronics & Information Technology and Law & Justice, Ravi Shankar Prasad, on Friday unveiled a portal where a user can report a complaint of lost or stolen phones.

The project has started on a pilot basis in Maharashtra and later it will be implemented across the country. India has over a billion wireless subscribers.

Since 2017, the department of telecommunication has been working on the Central Equipment Identity Register (CEIR) a database of International Mobile Equipment Identity, the 15 digits unique number that identifies mobile devices.

As per the statement of Ravi Shankar Prasad, ‘This is the age of the power of technology and communication, and it is necessary to leverage them for peoples welfare’.

The project has been started on a pilot basis in Maharashtra and is expected to be replicated across the country in the next six months. 

How does this technology work?

How the government will help you to find your lost mobile?

# If your mobile phone is stolen or lost, you will have to file an FIR and inform the Department of Technology (DoT) using their helpline number 14422.

# After the police complaint, the DoT will blacklist the IMEI number which would result in the handset being blocked from accessing any mobile network in the future.

# It means once this is done, whoever is in possession of the phone, will not be able to access any mobile network using it, thereby rendering the handheld device redundant.

# Each mobile phone has a unique identity called the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number.  IMEI is the 15-digit unique number that identifies mobile devices.

# Whenever a user makes a call, the call record shows the phone number of the caller and IMEI number of the handset from which the call has been made.

# Through the same IMEI number, your cellular operator will be able to blacklist your phone and will also be able to block the phone from accessing the network.

# Both single and double SIM mobile phones are programmed with either one or two IMEI numbers.

# But a large number of mobile phones have duplicate IMEIs making it challenging for the authorities to block such devices.

# Miscreants reprogram the IMEI number and clone it, causing multiple handsets with same IMEI number. There are many cases of duplicated IMEI handsets in the network.

# The reported mobile phone will be blocked across networks and all existing mobile numbers with the IMEI will be put in an override list.

# If the stolen mobile is used with any SIM, the details of the customer will be recorded and will be shared with police authorities for tracing.

# Therefore Government has launched the Central Equipment Identity Register (CEIR) in Mumbai.

# This will enable blocking of lost or stolen mobile phone using their IMEI number based on the police complaint. Presently this service is being rolled out for the users in Maharashtra on a pilot basis.

# Even your cell phone operator will be able to blacklist your phone using the same IMEI number. 

What is the function of CEIR?

How the government will help you to find your lost mobile?

# The Central Equipment Identity Register (CEIR) system has been undertaken by the DoT for addressing security, theft and other concerns including reprogramming of mobile handsets.

# The CEIR database will contain the information of all the devices that are registered with mobile operators.

# It will categorize and record the IMEI status accordingly to differentiate between genuine and cloned device.

# The CEIR will have access to GSMA’s global IMEI database, allowing it to identify counterfeit IMEI devices from the global body’s huge database. This would make way for international cooperation in matters of mobile theft.

# GSMA is a global body which represents cellular operators, gear makers, software and internet companies, among other entities in the telecom ecosystem.

# This provision of (GSMA) international cooperation will help retrieve your handset from any part of the world in the future.

# India has over 120 crore wireless subscribers with the telecom sector dominated by major players like Reliance Jio, Vodafone Idea, Bharti Airtel and BSNL.

Notably

The mobile number in a handset may be changed by changing SIM but the IMEI number can be changed by a technical person using special equipment.

How the government will help you to find your lost mobile? The unique number of mobile devices is allocated by global industry body GSMA and bodies authorized by it.

The project has been started on a pilot basis in Maharashtra and is expected to be replicated across the country in the next six months. 

The Department of Technology has the aim to reduce the resale of lost/stolen phones by blocking the IMEI number. This move will also prevent the mobile phones to duplicate the IMEIs across the network.

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Comments

  1. Amit kumar says:

    well written. Let see how its will be helpful. its good move.

    1. Anindita Ghosh says:

      Thanks!

  2. Prof Sahdeo Singh Solanki says:

    The writer is a social thinkers who always writ for current issues. ! Well done. God Bless you and your Noble family!

    1. Anindita Ghosh says:

      Dear Prof Sahdeo Singh Solanki,
      Thanks for your kind words.

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