Indian Government has given a circular to mobile networks to block the services to the customers who does not have a valid IMEI number for their mobile phones. As per the direction, the service providers will start blocking such phones from 30 November 2009. Every GSM mobile has a unique 15 digit identification number i.e. International Equipment Identity (IMEI). By checking IMEI, we can find out the manufacturing date and model of the handset. In addition, we can tack lost mobile phones, their location and other details.
Most of the China mobiles do not have a valid IMEI number. People purchase China phones, as they appear economic. China phones offer much more facilities than other devices at same price. The decision of the government to block phones without IMEI number came out after when they found that the terrorists uses such devices for communication. The details of all phones with a valid IMEI number are stored in the database of Global System of Mobile Communication Association (GSMA). So it is very easy to find out whether your phone has a valid IMEI number or not.
The basic method to find out device IMEI number in mobile handset is to press *#06#. An IMEI is a 15-digit number, for eg: 196358370568478. After all, send this number to 53232 for validation.
Format to check China mobile IMEI number: IMEI space 15digit IMEI number to 53232
SMS charge RS 3.
If the IMEI number is valid, you receive a success message; else, invalid.
Genuine IMEI Implant for China mobile phone in India :
All those who are using China or other local phones with an invalid IMEI handset should implant new IMEI number by approaching GII (Genuine IMEI Implant program) centers run by ICA (Indian Cellular Association). The total amount for GII implant process is Rs.199 (all-inclusive). Before reaching the GII centers, you should arrange necessary documents like Voter ID card, Driving License, Passport, Ration card and passport size photo for verification process.
The details of the Genuine IMEI Implant centers near to your location are available here. (this web page is not available now)