Indian Government has taken a big step to counter Mobile Phone Piracy. MSAI, Mobile standards Authority of India) has put down a new rule abiding to which, cellular operators will ban BTS-Registration for any of the cellphones which has a non-legal International Mobile Equipment Identity number also popularly known as the IMEI.
As I write this, there are only couple of hours left till all those phones meet the graveyard. However, MSAI wants peeople to get their IMEI registered, a way to control the legality of Phone identification and usage upto the standards. Owners of the Chinese-made handsets are crowding authorized outlets to get the IMEI on their handsets.
As per the Times of India:
MSAI feels that even by conservative estimates, at least 2.1 crore [20.1 Million] mobiles may not get GII (Gemmological Institute of India) by Monday and are bound to go dead. NVS Prasad, who handles GII programme for MSAI in Bangalore, said the crowd has been overwhelming during the last week. However, no one is sure as to what next for Chinese handsets that will go dead after the deadline is past.