For fake IMEI smartphones in Russia will be fined

The Expert Council under the Government of the Russian Federation proposed several amendments to the Code of Administrative Offenses. If changes are accepted, then the country will have a system of fines for forgery of the international identifier of mobile equipment IMEI .

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””] In Russia, they can launch a special registry that will allow you to control the turnover of mobile devices using IMEI. IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) is a unique international identifier of mobile devices, for each device it is its own. At the first stage, it is proposed to ban the sale of phones without IMEI in the Russian Federation. As a rule, such devices are “assembled on the knee” of the Chinese and do not have any hardware designations at all. These are the so-called noname devices. This solution will remove the Chinese imitations of the same iPhone from the market. After, according to Senator Lyudmila Bokova, “prepare appropriate amendments to the customs legislation of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU)”. The third stage is the study of responsibility for reflashing smartphones and creating the IMEI registry. The purpose of creating such a registry is to help locate stolen or lost devices, as well as control the turnover of “gray” gadgets. The discussion was attended by the Ministry of Communications and Mass Media, Roskomnadzor, the Federal Customs Service, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Federal Security Service, the MTS, VimpelCom, MegaFon, Tele2, Apple, Samsung, M.Video and others. Kommersant ] [/perfectpullquote]

Proposed three categories of fines. The amount of payment depends on the individual.

  • 3-4 thousand rubles for individuals
  • 15-30 thousand rubles. for officials
  • 69-100 thousand rubles. for legal entities

To check the smartphone immediately after purchase in Russia will create an online database IMEI. She earns in 2023.

In addition, the country will introduce an additional fee for the import of smartphones purchased abroad. IMEI such a smartphone will have to register. Issue price –  no more than 100 rubles .

By the way, changing the IMEI on the iPhone programmatically impossible.

According to statistics, about 170 thousand smartphones are stolen every year in Russia. The introduction of compulsory registration of mobile phones in Turkey has reduced the number of thefts by 95%. Gazette ]

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