Smartphone manufacturers are required to register the IMEI number with the Indian government and the reason behind this is simple.
Starting next year, smartphone manufacturers will now have to register the IMEI number of the devices they manufacture. The government has issued a new rule for manufacturers to follow, requiring all IMEI numbers of mobile phones and smartphones to be registered with the Indian Counterfeit Device Restriction (ICDR) portal. The law will come into effect on January 1, 2023 and all manufacturers will have to follow it.
The law was enacted to address the issue of counterfeit products using these IMEI numbers to evade assessment. Unregistered IMEI number increases the risk of black market, phone theft and phone tampering. Registration of IMEI numbers can go a long way in curbing the spread of fake products in India.
Phone manufacturers will register the IMEI with the government
The order directs all phone manufacturers to register IMEI numbers and issue IMEI certificates through the Indian Counterfeit Devices Restriction Portal of the Department of Telecommunications. This applies to all devices manufactured here as well as imported devices. The Act has been promulgated under the Prevention of Tampering with Mobile Device Equipment Identification Number (Amendment) Rules, 2022.
“The International Mobile Equipment Identification Number of mobile phones imported into India for sale, testing, research or any other purpose shall be registered by the importer on the Indian Counterfeiting Device Restriction Portal (https://icdr.ceir.gov.in) Government of India Telecom before importing the mobile phone into the country section.
Generally the IMEI number is used by service providers to verify a mobile device and it is also used by the police to identify the mobile device in case of theft. IMEI number can be checked on any device by dialing *#06#. If the IMEI number is not present, the device you are using may be fake. Additionally, the IMEI number can be found in the settings menu as well as on the packaging box.