Phone lost or stolen? Now, track or block the device using IMEI number (2023)


With the new technology, finding or blocking your lost phone without internet or GPS no longer remains an impossible task.

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If you are among the unfortunate ones who have lost their phones or are a victim of theft, a new initiative of the government can help you out in finding your phone. People can now track their phones by sitting in the comfort of their homes.

IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) is a unique identification number allotted to every cell phone that identifies the device and provides basic information including brand, model, etc.

The government has developed a new website in association with the Department of Telecom (DoT), Center for Development Telematics (CDOT) and Delhi Police. Through this CEIR (Central Equipment Identity Register) database, you can trace your lost or stolen mobile by following a few steps. The portal requires only the 15-digit IMEI number of the lost phone (which you can find on the packing or the bill). You can also block your phone using the same website.

The new initiative by the government is expected to benefit many people.

The project was formed to curb the market for counterfeit mobiles. The government allocated about Rs 15 crores for the purpose. However, you first need to file a complaint at the police station about the lost phone. Then you have to place a request for a duplicate SIM card from the service provider to render your phone useless.

The next step is to visit the website for blocking the IMEI by attaching the required documents such as ID proof, purchase invoice, copy of the police report, etc. The network operator shares the IMEI of the device to the central database marking it as blacklisted. Then other operators will also ban the device, even if the SIM card is replaced, or removed.

What happens after filling in the details
After filling in all the necessary details, you will get an OTP on the number, the same number, which was active on your phone. Finally, you will get a request ID through which you can check the status to unblock the IMEI, if necessary, in future.

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