In an effort to reduce smartphone theft and the criminal exploitation of stolen devices, the Indian government has released new regulations. In order to prevent the sale of counterfeit smartphones, the government has mandated that all mobile phone makers register the unique IMEI number of each smartphone produced in India with the Indian Counterfeited Device Restriction (ICDR) site.
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The government of India has issued a notification requiring importers to register the international mobile equipment identity number of mobile phones imported into the country for sale, testing, research, or any other purpose with the Indian Counterfeited Device Restriction portal (https://icdr.ceir.gov.in). In related news, Apple iPhone 14 Pro users are experiencing difficulties with their 5G connections.
It's important to remember that in 2021, the government began using the ICDR system to issue IMEI certifications for imported mobile phones. Since the first of the year 2020, the system has been fully functional. Also If you own a Google Pixel or any standard Android smartphone, you should read this article on locking your SIM card.
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For those unfamiliar, the 15-digit IMEI number is the International Mobile Equipment Identity, and it is used to identify the device when the SIM card is inserted. Only GSM, WCDMA, and iDEN mobile phones, as well as satellite phones, support this feature.
The International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number is unique to each mobile device. However, a dual SIM phone might have two IMEI numbers.
In the event that your smartphone is lost or stolen, knowing its IMEI number might help you recover it. It shows a plethora of information about your smartphone, making it essential when making an insurance claim or handing it over for repair.
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How Can You Check the IMEI Number of Your Smartphone?
- One of the easiest ways to check the IMEI number of a smartphone is by dialing — *#06# — on your mobile phone. You can also find this detail on the cover of the box of your smartphone.
- iPhone users can follow these steps to check IMEI number of their devices: Settings > General > About > Scroll down to find the IMEI/MEID, and ICCID.
- Samsung Galaxy device users can follow these steps to check the IMEI number of their devices: Settings > About.