How to check if your mobile IMEI number is valid and get a valid IMEI if not

There is a buzz going around that your handset or mobile phone might just stop working if you dont have a valid IMEI number and this will go effective after 30th November 2009. DOT ( Department of Telecom ) has asked tu put a ban on mobile handsets which doesnt have a valid International Mobile equipment Identity or IMEI ( either they dont have and have all Zero) You can read the complete details here on this official pdf ( dated 6th October 2008 where DOT has shoed their concern regarding this ) of which I am putting the snapshots below.

DOt IMEI Issue

DOt IMEI Issue

So how do you check if your IMEI is valid ? Here are the steps :

  • Press *#06# in your handset. It works for any handset.
  • It will display 15 digit IMEI number. Ignore if it shows any special characters like forward slash or dots etc.
  • Send this number to 53232 or 57886 in below mentioned format.
  • IMEIIMEI code>. Ignore the angular bracket.
  •  If your IMEI is valid you would receive a Success message else you will get Invalid IMEI message.
DOT imei check

DOT imei check

This is important to verify that apart from SIM being checked a person doesnt have an unregistered phone number either. This is important for security person which you have already guessed. So go ahead and check if your IMEI is valid or not.

What to do if you get an Invalid IMEI message ?

You can contact your service provider to nearest center or any Genuine IMEI Implant center which can help you in getting a valid IMEI number for your handset.  There is a small fee of 199 Rs of which you get a receipt. You will also need  any government approved photo proof for this procedure.

Source : Sanmarg News paper

About Ashish Mohta

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  1. I have a spice D 88n handset and I have got the same issue – IMEI invalid. Spice telecom is also a registered company and still we are facing issues with their handsets. This is really crap. I do not understand why I should pay 200, when I already paid 7000 to buy a geninue handset from spice.
    Please help

  2. It is very weird that TRAI is charging custoerms a nice 199.00 Only and making fast money out of us. Somebody who already got his share by selling a Grey market phone will not be affected at all. But someone who is not even aware that is the custoemr is been penalised for nothing. WAKE up guys? Just becuase you are an auhtorised department does not give you the right o rob the common people…..

  3. jayphalkar Deelip

    Govt. declared your mobile is invalied because your imei No. is invalied . why you give permiation to sail to that unauthorised compani in india. who is responsible to this action .
    Now what i shall do. for my mobile please give reply ?

  4. Sir i am from India using New Company Mobile: LAVA A9. This company newly launched in India, I can’t check his IMEI Code. Please give me suggestion about how to check mobile phone IMEI Code, especially Indian Mobile Phone. I am waiting for reply…

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