The Central government has launched a portal which will help the users to detect their lost or stolen mobile phones.
New Delhi, Sept 17: The Central government has launched a portal which will help the users to detect their lost or stolen mobile phones.
Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, on Friday, unveiled a portal where an user can report a complaint of lost or stolen phones. The project has started on a pilot basis in Maharashtra on Friday and later it will be implemented across the country.
'This is the age of power of technology and communication, and it is necessary leverage them for peoples welfare,' Ravi Shankar said while unveiling the portal at an event in Maharashtra.
How will it work?
A formal complaint can be made to the Department of Telecommunication after filing an FIR. The DoT has listed helpline number 14422 for such complaints.
Both single and double SIM mobile phones are programmed with either one or two IMEI numbers. Miscreants reprogram the IMEI number and clone it, causing multiple handsets with same IMEI number. There are many cases of duplicated IMEI handsets in the network.
“The CEIR system has been undertaken by the DoT for addressing security, theft and other concerns including reprogramming of mobile handsets,” DoT said in a statement.
The CEIR database will contain the information of all the devices that are registered with mobile operators. It will categorise and record the IMEI status accordingly to differentiate between genuine and cloned device.
The CEIR will have access to GSMA’s global IMEI database, allowing it to identify counterfeit IMEI devices from the global body’s huge database. This would make way for international cooperation in matters of mobile theft.
India has over 120 crore wireless subscribers with the telecom sector dominated by major players like Reliance Jio, Vodafone Idea, Bharti Airtel and BSNL.
News24 Bureau with Agencies
Image Courtesy: Google