Many Chinese manufactured cell phones lack an IMEI number because to help keep production costs low. The phones either haven't any number at all or have a sequence of zeros. This helps it be very hard to help keep track of cellular phone users. In case a terrorist got a your hands on these phones, the results could possibly be very detrimental.
"The IMEI numbers also gives information on other sim cards used in exactly the same handset. But, if it's a Chinese phone, getting this info becomes quite difficult," said the official dealing with intelligence agencies.
The federal government is along the way of banning the sale of the phones because IMEI numbers and sim cards have become vital that you track a cellular phone. Intercepting calls of the phones have become difficult because calls can't be traced from the phone that will not have an IMEI number.
The problem was taken to the eye of TechInt (technical intelligence), that is a band of intelligence agencies in border areas. The agencies warned that there have been a number of these inexpensive, poor Chinese cell phones without IMEI numbers on the grey market. There have been also Chinese smuggled handsets which have a dual sim card feature. In reaction to this warning, new software is necessary.
Providers of cell phones need to load all the Chinese phones lacking any IMEI number with new software, providing them with a distinctive IMEI number. The owners of the cell phones will need to purchase this software.
Through the entire next 8 weeks, owners of the Chinese cell phones without IMEI numbers must load the special software to provide it an IMEI number. If owners usually do not load the program by the deadline, they'll no more receive cellular phone service.