My Phone is dead because of a fake IMEI. How Do I Reactivate it now?

China Mobiles

We all know that, all telecom operators blocked handsets with a fake IMEI or no IMEI number recently. Well if you are one of those unlucky ones whose mobile phone went dead, there is now a chance to reactivate it.

You just need to visit any centre authorised by COAI & MSAI with your handset and change your IMEI Number at a nominal fee of Rs. 200 only. The Whole process will take you less than half an hour or so. Also you will need to carry an ID proof when you go to change your IMEI number. i.e Your Voter ID card or Driver’s Licence, or PAN Card or Passport etc.

If you are wondering if this new IMEI is genuine or not, you can check it for yourself. Just press *#06# on your phone and then send the new IMEI Number as an SMS to 53232 after your handset has been implanted. For E.g. SMS IMEI xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx to 53232 without the quotes where xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx is your IMEI number. Premium SMS charges apply.

You could also check it online by using this IMEI Validity Tool.

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Author: Vikas SN

A Complete Mobile freak. Regularly Blogs about Mobiles at and Tweets as @tsuvik

  • Murali

    My Handset is a China Made one purchased from UAE Double sim.
    When I sent the IMEI to 53232 it says that its valid IMEI, But AIRCEL says that its a Fake IMEI. Why ?

    • manohar

      i think you have 2 sim phone with one imei no.there should be two imei no. for 2 sim

  • Vipul Sharma

    I have a Motorola’s phone which have been deactivated due to invalid IMEI no.
    I want to know is it possible even after buying a branded mobile we have to face such type of problem. I belive that was not a China phone.

    Can you pls tell me how to get the same activated again, because when i visited the motorola’s service center they told me this will be activated automaticaly.

  • oDx

    thats coz u loosers go after loosers fones, like this..if u dont hv money buy smaller fon, if u hv money buy better fones..

  • RSD

    I had used the GSM kit in my project (The GSM kit does not have screen, keyboard, we have to attach it to pc or other hardware to operate). Now as it does not have IMEI, it had stop supporting network. Now is it possible to make it working?