The government has made penal offense in the MEI number of mobile phones, which can be up to 3 years in jail if found guilty. The government has taken this step to curb the incidents of mobile theft. The MEI number is the typical digital number of 15 digits for any mobile phone.
The telecommunications department issued a notification on August 25. This step is expected to help overcome issues related to fake MEI numbers and help detect lost mobile devices. In the notification, deliberate tampering of any mobile mobile mobile identification number in the MEI number, it is illegal to alter or erase it.
The new rule has been named the Mobile Equipment Identification Number in the Tamper-proof Rule 2017. These rules have been made in conjunction with Section 7 of the Indian Telegraph Act and Section 25. Meanwhile, the Department of Telecommunications is also implementing a new system under which all services of lost and stolen mobile services of any network can be discontinued, Even if his SIM or MEI number is changed.
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