Friday, 19 December 2008

Mobile phones under being secured

DOT has announced today that all service providers have to verify International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number before connecting the call. Now this is good news from security point of view, but might frustrate users. It is said that there are as many as 25MN cell phones which have no or illegal IMEI number.

These cell phones are either bought in grey market mostly China make or have came from overseas by air or sea route. Switches which route the call from call point A to contact point B will need upgrade as well as software will also require change. All cell phones having no IMEI number or IMEI number consisting of all zeroes will be filtered.

Well saying this, the requirement seems pretty clear and straight forward but it's implementation will not be that easy. Only three months are given to make this change and since there are lot of combinations which are required to check for valid IMEI number, if setup is not good enough call getting thru might become nightmare.

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