An Essential Mobile Equipment Id or IMEI number is a special 16 or 17 digit number used in mobile phone tracking. The number helps identify the owner’s location, incoming call links, and contacts. Almost every mobile phone has one of the special amounts, except for a large number of Chinese mobile phones.
Many Chinese manufactured mobile phones lack an IMEI number because to keep production costs low. The phones either have no number at all or have a series of zeros. This makes it extremely hard to keep track of mobile phone users. If a terrorist got a keep of these phones, the total benefits could be extremely detrimental.
“The IMEI amounts also gives details of additional sim cards being used in the same handset. But, if it is a Chinese phone, getting these details becomes challenging,” said an official working with intelligence agencies.
The government is in the process of banning the sale of these phones because IMEI numbers and sim cards are very important to track a mobile phone. Intercepting telephone calls of these phones are extremely challenging because calls cannot be traced from a telephone that does not have an IMEI number.
The issue was brought to the attention of TechInt (technical intelligence), which is a group of intelligence agencies in border areas. The firms warned that there were many of these inexpensive, low quality Chinese mobile phones without IMEI amounts on the grey market. There were also Chinese smuggled mobile phones that have a dual sim cards feature. In response to this warning, new software is needed.
Service providers of mobile phones have to fill all of the Chinese phones without an IMEI number with new software, giving them a new special IMEI number. The owners of the mobile phones shall have to pay for this software. Visit to know more about imei tracking.
Throughout the next two months, owners of these Chinese mobile phones without IMEI numbers must load the special software to give it an IMEI number. If owners do not fill the software by the deadline, they will no receive mobile telephone service longer.