More than 13,500 Vivo phones running on same IMEI, Meerut police file case

Thousands of Vivo phones were running on the same IMEI.


A five-month investigation by the Meerut police’s cybercrime cell revealed a security breach where more than 13,500 phones manufactured by Vivo were found to be running on the same International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number.

The IMEI number is a 15-digit code that is unique to every smartphone. In 2017, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) issued a notification stating that all smartphones would have a unique IMEI number, which could result in up to three years in jail in the form of failure or tampering.

More than 13,500 Vivo phones running on same IMEI, Meerut police file case

According to a PTI report, the Meerut Police has registered a case against the Chinese manufacturer and its service center.

The alleged lapse occurred when a sub-inspector gave the employees of the cybercrime cell his mobile phone for investigation as the phone was not functioning properly despite repairs at an in the Vivo service center in Meerut.  vivo phones running on same IMEI The cyber cell found that the device’s IMEI number is different from the one printed on the box. We have contacted Vivo India about the entire controversy but have not heard back this writing yet.

According to a report by Live Hindustan, on January 16, 2020, the manager of the service center stated that the IMEI number had not been changed. The cyber cell then forwarded the IMEI number to the SIM operator used in the handset and asked for the relevant data.

More than 13,500 Vivo phones running on same IMEI, Meerut police file case

The telecom operator said that as of September 24, 2019, 13,557 mobile phones in different states of the country have the same IMEI number. The Meerut police allegedly served a notice under Section 91 of CRPC to Harmanjeet Singh, the nodal officer of Vivo India.

Meerut SP Akhilesh N Singh said that this is a serious security issue and criminals can use it for their own benefit. vivo phones running on same IMEI Singh said that the Prima facelift is the result of negligence on the part of the mobile phone company.


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