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Govt set to roll out IMEI database to block access of stolen phones

To deal with the rising cases of the excessive cloning and stealing of mobile phones across the homeland, the Telecom Ministry has announced that it is set to roll out a Central Equipment Identity Register, a database of IMEIs. The IMEI is a 15-digit number that uniquely identifies each mobile device. Once the IMEI number is blacklisted, it will block the mobile device from accessing any cellular network in the future.