India blocks 25 million mobile phones

Millions of Indian mobile phones with no valid unique identification code have been blocked for security reasons.

The International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number is a 15-digit code which appears on the operator’s network whenever a call is made. The absence of this number makes it impossible to trace either the caller or the phone or to access call details.

Indian intelligence agencies say phones without the code have been used in attacks by militant groups.

Mobile phones without the code were blocked at midnight – operators were asked to bar calls to them “in the wake of increased threat perception from militants”.

It is estimated that India has more than 25 million phones without codes.

Some mobile phone companies are claiming they didn’t know that phones had to offer identifiers.


3 thoughts on “India blocks 25 million mobile phones

  1. Cinaedh says:

    For some reason, this story gives me the impression the militant groups are a hell of a lot smarter than the Indian intelligence agencies.

    Those IMEI numbers aren’t much use when the throwaway phone is at the bottom of a river.

    Now if I could think of that…

  2. wok3 says:

    As usual, steps taken for security reasons will no doubt be a minor inconvenience to terrorists and a major pain in the butt to everyone else. Unless a block like this was put into place immediately before an attack began, it will be practically worthless.

  3. Mr. Fusion says:

    I would be a little peeved if that happened to my phone. Annoyed too. Irritated also comes to mind. Pissed off is getting closer. Hell, I might even want to blow something up.

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