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Mobile Phone Users: Big News! From May 17, you will be able to track down your lost phone

NEW DELHI: Mobile phone users will be able to block and track their lost or stolen mobile phones across India with the rollout of a tracking system by the government this week.

Technology development body Centre for Department of Telematics (CDoT) has been running the pilot of the Central Equipment Identity Register (CEIR) system in some telecom circles, including Delhi, Maharashtra, Karnataka, and the Northeast, and the system is now ready for pan-India deployment, a DoT official said. “CEIR system is scheduled for pan-

India launch on May 17,” the official said. When contacted, CEO and chairman of Project Board at CDoT Rajkumar Upadhyay confirmed the technology is ready for pan-India deployment. “The system will be deployed across India in this quarter. This will enable people to block and track their lost mobile phones,” Upadhyay said.

CDoT has been able to add features to check the use of cloned mobile phones across all telecom networks. The government has made it mandatory to disclose IMEI – a 15-digit unique numeric identifier – of mobile devices before their sale in India.

The mobile networks will have access to the list of approved IMEI numbers, which will check the entry of any unauthorised mobile phones on their network.

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