India will effectively “kill” some twenty-five million Chinese cell phones beginning tomorrow, December 1st.
India’s Department of Telecommunications has given the order to operators to “block cellphones” without a valid IMEI number. The move leaves millions of Chinese using mobile phones without IMEI number with only two options: buy a new phone with a valid IMEI number or get the number implanted in your current phone using available software through the Cellular Operators Association of India.
India’s Ministry of Communications remains concerned that, if not handled appropriately and swiftly, these anonymous phones could fall into the hands of unsavory characters and potentially be used for terrorism.
If it seems that this news of this program has come out of nowhere, you’re not alone. Chances are, millions of subscribers in China may similarly be unaware of the service interruption they may experience beginning overnight. The customer service component of this switch is enough to make one’s head explode.
But ready or not, the change is coming.