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Union Government Launches Web Portal to Find Your Lost or Stolen Mobile Phone

Union Government Launches Web Portal to Find Your Lost or Stolen Mobile Phone

The central government has launched a new project called the Central Equipment Identity Register (CEIR), which will basically have a database of IMEIs of all the mobile operators.

Based on this database, anybody who loses their phone will be able to track their device.

The project is currently running on pilot in Maharashtra, and will eventually be rolled out across the entire country.

How does it will work?

The CEIR portal will have a database of International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) numbers of all mobile operators. So when you lose a device, you can track your phone using the IMEI number.

For the uninitiated, each mobile phone has a 15 digit unique identification number. Whenever a user makes a call, the call record shows the phone number of the caller and IMEI number of the handset from which the call has been made.

The portal will act as a central system for all telecom companies to share blacklisted mobile devices so that such phones will not work in another network even if the SIM card in the handset is changed. This would effectively make the phone redundant and curtail the use of counterfeit mobile devices.

At the time of your phone being stolen, you will have to lodge an FIR and inform Department of Telecom (DoT) via helpline number 14422.

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