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Handsets With Fake IMEI Numbers To Go Dead From December 1st India's Department of Telecom has asked telecos to stop providing services to users whose handsets do not have the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) code. The order comes into effect on December 1. The rationale, according to the Hindu is that the IMEI number helps security agencies track down users. Frankly, this doesn't make any sense since anyone can purchase a second hand handset from a Ghaffar Market or a similar second hand retail market. How does being able to track the IMEI number help then? There's probably another reason for all of this - handset manufacturers who offer the IMEI number would obviously benefit if cheaper Chinese handsets that don't are not allowed to be sold in India. Loop Launches ePaid - Premium Prepaid Service Loop Mobile has launched epaid: a service they're calling 'Premium Prepaid'. The service provides subscribers with 3 year validity, low local & STD tariffs and roaming services across 550 networks worldwide. Priced at Rs. 999 with a validity of 3 years, epaid offers pre-activated CLIP, ISD, STD, call-conference and call-forwarding. As an introductory offer, has free monthly itemized usage e-statement, online recharge and claims to have lower tariffs. Frankly, I don't see what is premium about epaid - if you can figure it out, do leave a comment. [Techshout] Shine Puts Up Print Jobs Online HT Media owned job site Shine.com is undergoing a homepage redesign: we recently noticed that they've created a…

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