The Federation Council approved the previously developed concept of smartphone control through a unique IMEI number. Thus, it is planned to organize the fight against the import of gray devices into Russia, as well as to minimize the number of thefts of smartphones.

The fact is that all devices with a suspicious IMEI will be blacklisted. All mobile operators will have access to this list, so such phones will not be serviced.

When buying smartphones abroad, it will be necessary to register them in a special IMEI database, which has not yet been developed in Russia. Access to it will be possible both from communication salons and on the Internet portal.

In fact, with the introduction of such a system, stealing smartphones in Russia may become pointless. The maximum that can be obtained from a “permanently blocked device” is spare parts for repairs. It will be impossible to bypass the IMEI lock. [Ведомости]

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