TRAI mulls regulation to block stolen handsets

3 Nov

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has issued a consultation paper to seek opinions from carriers about blocking handsets that have been reported stolen from their networks. The move will help curb theft of cellphones as they won’t be able to use the phone on any network in the country. At the moment, in case of cellphone theft, subscribers can only get their SIM cards blocked and the handset can be used by anyone. However, if TRAI goes ahead with the proposal, subscribers will be able to get the IMEI number of their phone blocked on all carriers. IMEI is a 16-digit identity number, which is unique to every handset.


TRAI had mulled a similar proposal in 2004 but it could not be enforced as carriers at that time did not have the means to track and block IMEI numbers. However, in 2008, all carriers were asked to have such infrastructure in place as cellphones with fake IMEI numbers were posing a security threat. Since carriers have the infrastructure in place, it should be relatively easier to make it mandatory to block stolen cellphones. You can check out the consultation paper here.

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