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  • India Bringing "Death" to 25 Million Chinese Phones Tomorrow


    India will effectively "kill" some twenty-five million Chinese cell phones beginning tomorrow, December 1st.

    India's Department of Telecommunications has given the order to operators to "block cellphones" without a valid IMEI number. The move leaves millions of Chinese using mobile phones without an IMEI number with only two options: buy a new phone with a valid IMEI number or get the number implanted in the current phone using available software through the Cellular Operators Association of India.

    According to the Times of India:

    It’s the end of days for those cheap Chinese mobile handsets which do not have a genuine International Mobile Equipment Identity number. From the midnight of November 30, all these will go dead.
    India’s Ministry of Communications remains concerned that, if not handled appropriately and swiftly, these anonymous phones could fall into the hands of unsavory characters and potentially be used for terrorism.

    If it seems that news of this program has come out of nowhere, you're not alone. Chances are, millions of subscribers in China may similarly be unaware of the service interruption they will experience beginning overnight. Needless to say, the customer service component of this switch could prove enough to make one's head explode. But ready or not, the change is coming.

    The Genuine IMEI Implantation programme, being carried out by Mobile Service Providers’ Association of India across the country, is on in full swing. MSAI feels that even by conservative estimates, at least 2.1 crore mobiles may not get GII by Monday and are bound to go dead.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: India Bringing "Death" to 25 Million Chinese Phones Tomorrow started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 29 Comments
    1. DogGunn's Avatar
      DogGunn -
      Messany, did you even read the article?

      Why would the disabling of phones being used in India increase sales of iPhones in China?

      EDIT: I can see where you can get your misinterpretation from. India is barring illegitimate phones that have been manufactured in China with illegitimate IMEI numbers. China is not. Therefore these phones that the article is referring to, can be used in China, but not in India.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Wow, that's a lot of dead phones. It's kind of like our changing from analog TV's here, which was a pain for a lot of ppl, especially when it came down to the last couple days.
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      Quote Originally Posted by steve-z17 View Post
      Wow, that's a lot of dead phones. It's kind of like our changing from analog TV's here, which was a pain for a lot of ppl, especially when it came down to the last couple days.
      I don't know if it was much like that at all. We knew about the digital switch for years, and there were mass discounts on the equipment needed to do it, AND the Obama administration postponed it for what, 5 months after it was suppose to go through (which had already been postponed from months before)?

      What India is doing is practically overnight.
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      Why does everything always lead back to terrorism?
    1. Michael Essany's Avatar
      Michael Essany -
      Thanks for the feedback. I will say there is some confusing info out there on the matter, as multiple sources reporting indicate that the phones in question are both in China and in India, yet the ban applies only to the phones being used within India's borders.
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      well this sucks for all those terrorists then i guess
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      I'm sure they can use pay-as-you-go
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      ^^They are only terrorists if they jailbreak their phones
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by CaptainChaos View Post
      ^^They are only terrorists if they jailbreak their phones
      Lol ahh that's true! So they've got it all wrong!
    1. eg6motion's Avatar
      eg6motion -
      this is interesting apple/iphone news....
    1. bclark1000's Avatar
      bclark1000 -
      I have Chinese phone that I use on tmobile. I have no idea if it has an IMEI number. Is this going to happen in the US. If my phone has no IMEI number, is there a way to "get the number implanted in the current phone using available software"?
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by bclark1000 View Post
      I have Chinese phone that I use on tmobile. I have no idea if it has an IMEI number. Is this going to happen in the US. If my phone has no IMEI number, is there a way to "get the number implanted in the current phone using available software"?
      I think this only applies to India. Correct me if I'm wrong though..
    1. sayam's Avatar
      sayam -
      Thank god! I hate those chinese phones people use here and tomorrow, i will be glad when they finally go dead kudos to the government
    1. sqelch's Avatar
      sqelch -
      I doubt T-mobile would let you use a phone without a valid IMEI.
    1. Blue's Avatar
      Blue -
      So i donīt understand this: why do indian people use chinese (?) phones ? Why donīt they have IMEIīs ?
      What is a chinese phone, iīve never seen anyone here. Do you mean the cheap clones stolen from Apple, Nokia and others ?
      So sorry but this is very confusinly (for europeans).
    1. flintoff's Avatar
      flintoff -
      no in india those phones are really cheap and mostly u can tons of stuff like watching tv on it radio vedio recording and all mucis players and all kind of features and phone doesnt cost much at all..on the other hand nokia and sony ericsson and other brands phone are really expensive thats y pplz buy chiness phones more but it will be gone tho lolzz
    1. sayam's Avatar
      sayam -
      Quote Originally Posted by Bluemetal View Post
      So i donīt understand this: why do indian people use chinese (?) phones ? Why donīt they have IMEIīs ?
      What is a chinese phone, iīve never seen anyone here. Do you mean the cheap clones stolen from Apple, Nokia and others ?
      So sorry but this is very confusinly (for europeans).
      Yeah, mostly those cheap clones and those phones having great features like dual sim etc that look bad but cost less are chinese phones. Their build quality is real bad!

      Indian people use these phones cost they cost less and deliver more features (in-built television using antenna etc as i said before)
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      That's a lot of phones.
    1. szr's Avatar
      szr -
      Quote Originally Posted by Messany View Post
      India's Department of Telecommunications has given the order to operators to "block cellphones" without a valid IMEI number.
      [...]
      India’s Ministry of Communications remains concerned that, if not handled appropriately and swiftly, these anonymous phones could fall into the hands of unsavory characters and potentially be used for terrorism.
      Ok, why does anyone think something like an IMEI number or not going to make any difference what so ever when it comes to torroists? I find it really hard to believe that they don't use regular phones, or pay as you go, or use some other form of communication altogether (radios, etc.)

      I never understand what is supposed to make this IMEI so special. Is it not possible that someone with enough talen and know how could always change such a thing if thye had to, etc?
    1. Fallguy's Avatar
      Fallguy -
      I hope they recycle their dead phones properly . Thats a lot of hazardous waste to be hitting the landfills .