Legal Rights: How to Recover Your Lost Mobile Phone

 In the year 2000, mobile services began in India and people, as consumers, knew very little about Indian laws on using cell phones. . The total Indian cell phone subscriber base, as per reports by Trak.in, totaled at 403.66 million. As per the 2009 news reports, India is the second largest market for cell phones, next to China. So, what happens if your cell phone is lost or stolen? Do you know what to do next? 

Legal Rights: How to Track Your Stolen Mobile Phone

 
First step, you have to understand and assert your legal rights. Start by filing a First Information Report (FIR) at the nearest police station. Don’t forget to mention each and every detail of the incident, in the FIR. Secondly, approach your service provider, with a copy of the FIR. You may go to any authorized center, of your service provider. Following your application, the company will block your Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) card, so that no one can misuse your number.  
 
The International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number plays an important part, in tracking back your mobile handset. The IMEI number is an international identity number, which is unique to every mobile handset. No two mobile handsets can have identical IMEI number. It is a 15 digit number, which acts as a digital finger print. Further, the IMEI number can identify the model and location of the handset, every time it is used.  
 
The IMEI number is usually printed in the compliance plate of the battery. Further, the IMEI number is flashed on most mobile phones, by dialing * # 0 6 #. The IMEI numbers are allotted by bodies authorized by GSM Association. This helps the police to track down your handset easily, with the help of the IMEI number. 
 
 
 
Final Legal Take Away Tip: The Department of Telecommunication (DoT) in India has ruled that it would ban all mobile phones that do not have the IMEI number. All Chinese mobile phones having no IMEI number are banned in India. Further, the DoT has issued a notice to all consumers; to buy mobile handsets, with a genuine IMEI number, from certified service centers. The Government of India has taken such a stand for the cause of national security. The phones with fake or no IMEI numbers are difficult to trace and can be misused by anti-social elements, terrorists and others.
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thanks for giving a good information

Hello Sir,
I am a B.E. student currently pursuing my final year.Me and my friends have planned to carry a project on mobile platform for s60 2nd edition mobile phones, which would track the lost mobile phone.
Here we are able to get the location of the lost mobile phone,its incoming and outgoing calls,and when the sim of corresponding mobile phone has been changed by sending a sms to the lost mobile by another number whose number has already been predefined in the mobile tracker software.Whether we can carry that project or is a illegal software.So kindly inform me.

@Swapnil
This is mahesh...
I had lost my new NOkia C5-03 on 23rd august...
I had bought it just two months before..
Can you be able to trace it if i give you the IMEI number and the photcopy of the bill (if required by you)...
plz reply me at 624mahesh@gmail.com if you can do this for me...
Hope you understand my situation in loosing the mobile which i luv the most.....

my mobile phone is being stolen in choolaimedu,chennai and it's IMEI No.:354316043377722, model X6.PLEASE HELP ME TO GET BACK MY PHONE FOR WHICH I SHALL BE GRATEFUL TO YOU.
ARABINDA MALLICK
+919658805862

Hi Sandesh,

Were you able to track the phones of the requestors who followed your thread?

Prathyush

Dear Sir/Madam

I'd like to find out if I can some how recover my phone from black list
I have bought this phone from person as a second hand using ad from gumtree and after a few days the phone has been black listed by Vodafone as false report for refund
I have reported this accident to the police but they told me because the phone has not been reported as a stolen then they're can not help me and advised me to be more careful nex time
but in my opinion I didn't break the law the person did
I spoke to vodafone they said only the person can take from black list as a owner of the phone and contract the sim card has been suspended so I can not cotact the person myself
So now I have useless phone for £300 and evidence like ad on gumtree orginal box and sms text messages sent/received from the person

Do you know anybody who can help me

I am a B.E. student currently pursuing my final year.Me and my friends have planned to carry a project on mobile platform for s60 2nd edition mobile phones, which would track the lost mobile phone.
Here we are able to get the location of the lost mobile phone,its incoming and outgoing calls,and when the sim of corresponding mobile phone has been changed by sending a sms to the lost mobile by another number whose number has already been predefined in the mobile tracker software.Whether we can carry that project or is a illegal software.So kindly inform me.

Hello Swapnil,

I lost my Nokia E5 phone on 19/12/2011.Can you please help me tracce out the same using ur software..

Your name: Sankalp S Rao
Address: "Meghadarshan", Behind Shani Mahatma Temple Maralur, Tumkur-572105
Phone model: Nokia E5
Make: 2011
Last used No.: 9916981256
E-mail for communication: rao.sankalp@gmail.com
Missed date: 19/12/2011
IMEI No.: 357413045126780

yesterday i lost my mobile phone pls find it
last used number is 9880730457

kaushil i have lost my galaxy pop samsug phone

I lost my mobile today......so kindly can u trace my mobile....plz
IMEI:-352686045053949
phone no i used ;-8553533940
my present no is;880602017....
thanq

I lost my phone, could you please help me track it!!??
IMEI: 357828048645348
PLease please please!
Thanks

@Swapnil
I am mahesh i Had lost my new NokiaC5-03 mobile on august 23rd ..
I had bought on june 24th in Nokia priorit..
can you be able to trace my phone if i give you my mobile IMEI number and the photocopy of the bill (if required)..

MY MOBILE PHONE IS LOST FROM RATLAM (M.P.) ON 06/10/2011 COMPANY : NOKIA
MODEL : 5233
IMEI : 356264043811258
DATE OF PURCHASE : 04.04.2011
I WANT MY PHONE BACK PLZ HELP ME

i " Akshay " lost my Nokia c5-03 cell phone so i want's to get that back soo plz help me what can i do to get back that
and i have written an FIR in nearest police station now plz help me wt to do.?

Dear Akshay,

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I lost my Samsung Galaxy S2 on 22nd December 2011
Your name : Lokesh S
Address : No.106, BHEL 2nd Stage, Pattanagere, Rajarajeshwari Nagar, Mysore Road, Bangalore-560098.
Phone mode : Samsung Galaxy S2 (I9100)
Make : 2011
Last used No. : 9880417884
E-mail for communication : Lokesh.shivaswamy@accenture.com / reach2lokesh@gmail.com
Missed date : 22nd December 2011
IMEI No. : 358537045355947

i hav lost my nokia c3.dated 26 dec 2011
make 2011
last used number 8142693326
imei no. 355384041844506
plz do reply asap if u can help me in any wayz.
phone is not so painful to loose but yes contacts were really missing in real life

I am Suhas. My mobile number is 09886103690. I lost my mobile on 05-01-2012. My mobile model is Sony Ericsson - Vivaaz. Please track my mobile. Please help me. I wii reward you.

Dear Sir-

I am requesting you that my Nokia C 5 00 mobile has been losted so please help me for find out my Mobile.

My name:Updesh Shukla
Address: 46- Navipurwa dharamshala road Hardoi (Uttar Pradsh)
Phone model: C 5 00
Make: Nokia
Last used No.:8005274574
E-mail for communication: updesh.shukla@gmail.com
Missed date: 07/01/2012
IMEI No:359345036719645
My alternate contact number is 09307776100

I lost my Samsung phone.
Went to police station for FIR but those crooks didnt write it. and expecting bribe...

If anybody didn't get their cell back then its fault of these crook dogs.

Someone stole my Samsung Champ and waller from my office desk. More than the mobile phone, I wanna catch the theif for my wallet and the imp docs and cards in it. Can anyone help me trace it with the IMEI number ?

Dear sir,
My new mobile phone samsung galaxy fit having imei no. 356330049067250 will you plz.. find it for me sir.
I will be very thankful of you sir
Hope you will understand my problem and me soon with results.
THANKING YOU....

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sir i have lost my mobile with imei number 359020043098438 with last used by the number 9000405803 PLEASE HELP ME

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i lost my nokia x2 01 phone on 22 feb 2012 its imei no is 356256040166652 plz try to trace my mobile..plz plz thank u

Sir I have lost my NOKIA X2 mobile phone in Dharamshala. Its IMEI number is 355367043858319. please try to trace my phone.

Contact No:- +918679307414

Dear sir,
My new mobile phone samsung wave 2 fit having imei no. 358888/04/131137 will you plz..
last used no - 8927884476
find it for me sir.
l will be very thankful of you sir
Hope you will understand my problem and me soon with results.
THANKING YOU....
My alternate contact number is 09473449474

reply

sir,
my sister -in-law lost her cell phone on 25/03/2012 and i just came to know right now, kindly help me by showing an effective pathway to find it back, i have put my query to Ask for legal advice also. please reply as soon as possible.

Name:Vishwajit hanmant mane
Address:A/P Mhaisal,shedbal road,near M.S.E.B.,tal.Miraj,dist.Sangli.pin.416409
Phone model:samsung galaxy y s5360 & micromax Q3
Make:samsung & micromax
Last used No.:samsung-9545919691, micromax-9730847096
E-mail for communication:manevishwajit@rocketmail.com
Missed date:4/3/2012
IMEI No.:samsung-359462/04/276963/7
plz trace my mobile and inform to 9637253162 plzzzzz

you can carry on your project. there is no illegal in carrying a project.

you can carry on your project. there is no illegal in carrying a project.

you can carry on your project. there is no illegal in carrying a project.

I have lost my Nokia C-3 handset on 25th March, 2012 with IMEI No. 351984041574526. It is my hard earned mobile phone. Kindly let me know, if you can. My phone no. is 09945740129

I am staying in Bangalore (Karnataka State, India). I had lost my Nokia C-3 handset on 25th March, 2012. I have made Police Complaint and got the FIR. Handset IMEI No. 351984041574526. Kindly let me your rules and regulations to trace of handset. My phone no. is 9945740129. Thanking you.

My phone have been stolen and its imei number is 359462048762586.please help me to track it

Who has the authority to track an IMEI? Can local police do it? If the local police ignores that matter then where should I apply to track my cell phone through IMEI. Please let me know. Thank you in advance!

Name:Harsha C M
Address:no#35,1st cross,p&t colony,Shimoga-577204
Phone model:Nokia 2323 classic
E-mail for communication:harshacm8@gmail.com
Missed date:16/7/2012
IMEI No.:359326031100544
plz trace my mobile and inform to 08182849898 plzzzzz

I have lot my android samsung phone which imei no is 356330/04/544026/1.

if you find my cell phone please contact at this no 9163935103.

Dear Sir-
I am requesting you that my Nokia 5233 mobile has been losted so please help me for find out my Mobile.
My name:Gousalal Meerasab Desai
Address: Gokak falls , Dist :Belgaum , pin :591308
Karnataka
Phone model: Nokia 5233 B.Black
Item Code:002P997
Make: Nokia
E-mail for communication: gousa5961@gmail.com
Missed Date : 20/04/2012
IMEI No:352000041292560
My alternate contact number is 08904260191

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