Lost your mobile phone? Govt’s can help you find it

If your mobile phone is lost or stolen, then don’t worry. Government of India launches new portal to track lost or stolen mobile phones. Union Minister for Communications, Electronics & Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad launched a new website where you can report stolen phones in Maharashtra on September 13.

The new portal will also help one in tracing back the lost phones. The pilot project has been launched in Maharashtra in collaboration with BSNL. The new project called the Central Equipment Identity Register (CEIR), which will basically have a database of IMEIs of all the mobile operators. Based on this database, anybody who loses their phone will be able to track their device.

How will it work?

If you have lost your phone or it is being stolen, then the first step would be to file a complaint with the DoT via helpline number 14422. DoT will block the reported lost/stolen phone across the network which will prevent the reuse of the phone and also blocking it from further use. In addition to this, if anyone tries to use the device using a different SIM, the service provider will identify the new user and inform the police.

All the major service providers BSNL, Reliance Jio, Airtel, Vodafone and Idea will help the DoT to track the phone.

Each mobile phone has a 15 digit unique indemnification number — International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number. Whenever a user makes a call, the call record shows phone number of the caller and IMEI number of the handset from which the call has been made.

Both single and double SIM mobile phones are programmed with either one or two IMEI numbers. 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. If such IMEIs are blocked, several genuine customers might suffer. Therefore, there is a need to get rid of duplicate and fake IMEI phones. It is for this purpose that the CEIR project has been undertaken, apart from helping address “security, theft, and other concerns”.

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