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TRAI mulls regulation to block stolen handsets

india Updated: Nov 02, 2010 21:24 IST
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The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is formulating regulations that could curb theft of mobile phones.

The telecom regulator is considering making it mandatory for operators to block a handset if a subscriber reports its theft, ensuring taht the phone will not work on any network.

TRAI issued a consultation paper on this issue on Tuesday.

At present, there is no mechanism to block a lost mobile phone; operators can at the most block the SIM card.

International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) is a unique serial number, which identifies a handset. The government has made it mandatory that all handsets available in the country sport an IMEI number, which can be stored in the equipment identity register (EIR) database of a service provider.

In case of a complaint, the operator can flag the IMEI number and block the handset in its own network. If the EIR is centralised, the handset can be blocked across networks.