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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. juggz143's Avatar
      juggz143 -
      Sounds like AT&T testing their new 'force you into another 2 yr contract' plan...
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Explain to us how this is considered terrorism?
    1. eaglesteve's Avatar
      eaglesteve -
      Actually, not all of those Chinese made phones are of bad quality.

      A neighbour of mine, having worked in China for many years, showed me his collection of Chinese phones. One that he showed me is really the best quality phone I have ever seen. It is not a smartphone though but an extremely classy, elegant phone with superb materials. He told me that it is a limited edition phone.

      So, hardware wise, they know how to make good quality phones if you're willing to pay for it. Also, don't forget all iPhones are made in China.
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      Quote Originally Posted by CaptainChaos View Post
      ^^They are only terrorists if they jailbreak their phones
      ^^ LMAO! you said it bro
    1. zedeff's Avatar
      zedeff -
      Just to clarify:
      1) In India all sim cards whether on billing or pay as you go require ID proof before they are activated. You cannot pick them up off the shelf and use them.
      2) IMEI numbers can be used to trace the phones location whenever it is used. That is why phones without IMEI are now banned in India.
      3) Terrorism is rampant in our side of the world. Maybe in the US or Europe you may not see it on a daily basis. However here we have to be constantly alert.
      4) No system is foolproof, however at least the govt has to try and close as many security holes as possible.
    1. LGgeek's Avatar
      LGgeek -
      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.
      Yes and if you have cable you had to go back about 30 years from a technology standpoint and have a cable box on every TV , including those that were "cable ready". So the great leap in tech dumbs down all the features of my TV to whatever the cable box will support.
    1. 0okami.digital's Avatar
      0okami.digital -
      Quote Originally Posted by hollow0 View Post
      Why does everything always lead back to terrorism?
      It's the best excuse for rapid funding and acting out a mission with little obstacles from political and public general.
    1. szr's Avatar
      szr -
      Quote Originally Posted by zedeff View Post
      Just to clarify:
      1) In India all sim cards whether on billing or pay as you go require ID proof before they are activated. You cannot pick them up off the shelf and use them.
      2) IMEI numbers can be used to trace the phones location whenever it is used. That is why phones without IMEI are now banned in India.
      3) Terrorism is rampant in our side of the world. Maybe in the US or Europe you may not see it on a daily basis. However here we have to be constantly alert.
      4) No system is foolproof, however at least the govt has to try and close as many security holes as possible.
      Still, what is to stop someone with the know-how from changing their IMEI? I would think at least some terrrorists would be capable of such a thing if they didn't want to be tracked so easily.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by szr View Post
      Still, what is to stop someone with the know-how from changing their IMEI? I would think at least some terrrorists would be capable of such a thing if they didn't want to be tracked so easily.
      It is illegal to change the IMEI on phones in most countries - not sure about India, but it is not that easy now - with the 2G ican be done but not, AFAIK the 3G.
      Even if it could be done it stops people just buying phones and using them - keep an eye out in your local small adds for 'Terrorist group seeks experienced IMEI changer, no salary but rewards in heaven'