How To Reactivate Mobile Phone Blocked For Invalid IMEI

January 3, 2010

in Tools & Extras

Almost a month back in India, the telecom operators blocked all the mobile devices which didn’t had the valid IMEI number. If you also got your phone blocked on dec 1, 2009 due to invalid/fake IMEI of your phone then here is a good news for you. You can get it reactivated now.

mobile phone blocked due to invalid imei number

Reactivating Mobile Phone Blocked due to Invalid IMEI: Take your blocked mobile phone and your ID proof to any center authorised by Cellular operators Association of India or Mobile Standards Alliance of India, and there you can change your invalid/fake IMEI number at a nominal fee of 2oo rupees. Your ID poof can be your Voter ID card or Driver’s Licence, PAN Card or Passport etc.

Once you get a new valid IMEI number for your phone, you may check its validity for free from this link: IMEI validity check. If you want to check your IMEI validity offline, then simply press *#06# on your phone’s keypad which will display the new IMEI number. Send that number as a SMS to 53232 in the following format.

Type IMEI XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX and send it to 53232. Where XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX is the IMEI number.

Note: Premium SMS charges apply.

To get More Real Time updates on this topic: Subscribe by RSS Subscribe VirginTech via RSS or Subscribe by Twitter Follow us on Twitter or Join VirginTech Facebook Fan club Join VirginTech Facebook Fan Club

We'll send you more updates on this topic right to your inbox for free:

Enter your Email below to get free VirginTech updates:

[NOTE: Once you click on "Subscribe Now" after entering your email, we'll send you a subscription confirmation email to your email address you entered here to confirm your subscription. So make sure you check it.]

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 misty synness April 15, 2010 at 12:54 pm

I have a straight talk phone the model is LG290cm. It worked fine and now suddenly I get an error message from verizon wireless when I try to make a call. people calling me get a disconnected message. I went to the straight talk website but found no related topics. I did however see that my IMEI number is invalid. I typed it in at the link you suggest on your site and it is 18 rather than 15 numbers so it kept saying I was entering the wrong amount of numbers. I tried removing the first 3 and then the last 3 and it said that their was no way any manfacturer ever assigned these numbers. What is going on? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. thank you.


2 Shahab April 16, 2010 at 1:06 am

Well misty first of all thanks for making a sensible comment here on VirginTech.

Imei numbers could be 15-17 digits long. You are reporting your’s to be of 18 digit. This is something strange as imei number couldn’t be 18 digit long. So here is what you can do.

1: We have written a post about finding valid imei of a cellphone. Check it out here and try finding imei for your cellphone’s from the methods mentioned in that post.
If with those methods you get a 15 digit imei number then there is absolutely no problem in checking its validity from this link.

2: If you didn’t get any 15 digit imei from step 1 , then you should approach the mobile store from where you bought your cellphone. Tell them about the 15 digit imei concept OR you may also ask them to proof the validity of your cellphone’s imei number. Ask them about how you can check the validity of your cellphone’s 18 digit imei number.

I hope the above steps will help you. Do let me know if you need any other assistance, we will be happy to help you.



3 karamjeet singh October 22, 2010 at 10:11 pm

hello hiii im karamjeet singh i m using nokia 3110c THAT is repaired when im switch on and than mobile will given the error like restriction code and my imei lost how will we make again upload imei number? plz tell me the solution of this problem???????


4 Brayden December 3, 2010 at 6:32 pm

Fuck.. don’t have 200 rupees… :/


5 MartinH March 26, 2011 at 2:31 am

Hi, Ive stupidly bought an i phone 3G 16GB from a guy I know,he said the phone was fine but I now beleive the phone is dodgy,is there a way of changeing the IMEI number?


Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: