The DOT or Department of telecommunications of the Government of India has launched a web portal for residents of Delhi, Noida, Ghaziabad and Gurgaon which will enable the users to block and trace their stolen or lost mobile phones. The link to this portal, www.ceir.gov.in was started on a testing basis in Mumbai last year September and will soon be implemented across the country in the year 2020. DoT has been working on the Central Equipment Identity Register (CEIR), a database of IMEIs, since 2017. The CEIR will also have access to GSMA’s global IMEI database, allowing comparison of IMEI numbers to identify counterfeit handsets. Let’s know how to find/block lost or stolen phone using govt’s new web portal?
Delhi NCR and Maharastra residents can now block/trace their lost phone using Govt web portal
Now that this service is available for users of Delhi-NCR as well as Maharashtra, users can block their stolen or lost phones by filling a form online and giving the required details which in turn will enable the authorities in blocking the IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number of the phone which is a 15-digit number that uniquely identifies mobile devices.
How to find out IMEI number of my phone?
You can check the validity of your mobile device even before buying it. IMEI is written on the mobile packaging box. It can also be found on the mobile bill/invoice. From your mobile you can check the IMEI number by dialling *#06#, IMEI number will be shown on mobile screen. If the status of the mobile is shown as Black-listed, duplicate or already in use, please avoid buying the mobile.
How to know whether the phone is blacklisted or not? (as mentioned in CEIR website)
What is the process to check our phone blacklisted or not?
Type KYM <15 digit IMEI number> from your mobile and send the SMS to 14422.
Download the KYM app from Play Store (for Android) or from App Store (for iOS). Or go to this link https://www.ceir.gov.in/Request/CeirRequestAppLink.jsp
To check using the web portal, click here https://www.ceir.gov.in/Device/CeirIMEIVerification.jsp
How to Find/Block my lost or stolen android or iOS phone using IMEI?
If a phone is lost or if a phone has been stolen and you want to block your phone from misuse of sensitive information, you can submit your documents on the web portal: www.ceir.gov.in
Here are the steps to follow:
-File an FIR with the police, and keep a copy of the report.
-Get a duplicate SIM card for the lost number from your telecom service provider. This is essential as you will need to provide this as the primary mobile number (OTP will be sent on this number) while submitting the request for blocking your IMEI.
-Get your documents ready – a copy of the FIR and an identity proof must be provided. You can also provide a mobile purchase invoice.
-Fill out the request registration form for blocking the IMEI of lost/stolen phone, and attach the required documents.
-After submitting the form, you will be given a Request ID. The same can be used for checking the status of your request and for unblocking the IMEI in future.
*Note that the online portal recognises only Delhi-NCR & Maharashtra based phone numbers. The service will reach many more states in this year.
How to unblock my lost or stolen android or ios phone once found?
To unblock a lost/stolen device, the user has to report to local police station saying that the phone has been found. After that user can unblock the device by following these steps online:
-Go to the same portal and then fill out the request registration form for unblocking the IMEI of found phone.
-After submitting the form, the IMEI will be unblocked.
The aim of this initiative by Govt. of India is to reduce the resale of lost/stolen phones by blocking the IMEI number. This move will also prevent the mobile phones to duplicate the IMEIs across the network as well as protect users information in falling with the wrong hands.
How to find/trace a lost android or ios phone when turned off using IMEI?
Phone cannot be traced if it is not being used by any other person. It can only be blocked to prevent further reselling. If the phone is in switch off condition, then it is even impossible to track through IMEI,
We are super thankful to the govt of India for finally making this service live, which could be a very helpful tool for a person being worried about his/her lost phone. Smartphones are getting stolen every next day, We should Rather be cautious about your phone and do install Google’s Find device App if you are an android user Or Install Find my iphone App if you are an iOS user.
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