Mobile phones without valid IMEI to be blocked by TRC


In order to track down crimes in the country, The Telecommunication Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRC) with the partnership of the global giant GSMA would be introducing a new system to track and block signals to unregistered mobile phones (that doesn’t carry a valid IMEI number).

GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide. Spanning more than 220 countries, the GSMA unites nearly 800 of the world’s mobile operators with more than 230 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset makers, software companies, equipment providers and Internet companies, as well as organisations in industry sectors such as financial services, healthcare, media, transport and utilities.

Speaking to TRC Deputy Director General, Mr. C. Priyantha said there is little reason to panic right now even though TRC is fully equipped to block signals to unregistered phones. He stated that blocking signals to unregistered phones is a long term plan they’re focusing on and  TRC would not immediately take any action. Furthermore educational awareness programs would be carried out island-wide and a grace period would be given before implementing the regulation.


Find Your IMEI

On screen

  1. Press * # 0 6 # on your keypad,
  2. Press ‘Call’ or ‘Send’ as if making a call
  3. Your IMEI number will be retrieved and displayed on your screen

Inside your device ~ excludes iPhone

  1. IMEI numbers are printed within the battery cavity on most devices.
  2. Power down your device and ensure it’s disconnected from any external power supply
  3. Remove your battery
  4. Locate your 15 digit IMEI number

On your device’s packaging

  1. IMEI numbers are printed on the original packaging of your device.
  2. Check the base and sides for your 15 digit IMEI number

IMEI or ‘International Mobile Equipment Identity’ is a unique 15-digit number assigned to all cellular devices. This number can be used to block a mobile phone from being used by another person or network operator if it ever gets lost or stolen.


  1. I have lost my phone last evening on 10th September while traveling ,it was lifted by somebody.
    i have already informed the subscriber to disconnect the facility.
    Please instruct me how to block someone using my phone and track where it is ?


  2. Guys,i also have lost my phone. actualy i’ve heard the lost phones can be found by the imei number with the help of network oparator which is used by the stolen phone but i want to know whether using a sim with paticuler phone by theif is the only way to trace the phone or about using wifi or getting internet data over others phone(mobile hotspot)? if the thief use the phone for browsing via wifi or mobile hotspot,can the stolen phone be traced by TRCSL OR POLICE??


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