The days of those irritating and unwanted calls from telemarketers trying to sell you a credit card or a personal loan seem to be numbered. Top cellular operators are moving to weed out telemarketing calls from their networks.

The initiative to weed the


According to the Mumbai’s Western and Central Railway police records, of the 669 complaints of mobile thefts registered last year, the highest incidences had taken place in Malad (65) and Kurla (61) suburban railway stations.

The thefts at these stations take place on certain compartments and spots on bridges. Mobile flickers take advantage of the rush and countless escape routes.

Modus Operandi:

Senior inspector More said thieves bump into unsuspecting passengers and pinch mobiles under the ruse of assisting them when they lose their balance. By the time the passenger realises that he has been duped, the thief vanishes. These mobiles are sold at half the price in shops

Survival tips:

Keep your mobile in the front pockets of your trousers. Keeping mobiles in the back pockets or in your hands makes it an easy target for these slick thieves

Ladies wearing sarees and salwars should keep their mobiles in their purses

I had lost a mobile at Andheri station in Mumbai. People commuting daily by trains at crowded stations and other spots are easy targets for thieves. Read this article and be aware.


Times of India reports that the Bandra police arrested two persons who, under the pretext of selling mobile phones, cheated citizens by selling them soaps inside the phone cartons.

Ibrahim Shafi Khan (24) and Sarfaraz Yunus Khan (22) would stand outside Manish market at CST and sell expensive camera-phones at cheap rates.

They would brandish a phone, bargain with a customer, eventually parting with a “packed” phone. The carton would contain washing soap cut exactly to look like a mobile phone. The buyer would realise his folly only after reaching home and opening the carton.

I fail to understand why the customers didn’t open the box on the spot to check if the phones actually worked or not. If a deal is too good to be true – make sure you cover your downside well.

The Indian consumer is not paying high for mobile handsets even if the purchase is on a tax paid bill. It does not make sense to buy a handset from the grey market anymore. The little difference in price is not worth the hassle that comes free with it. There are many ways to get cheated – old phone in a new body, duplicate battery, locally-made charger etc.

Be fair to everyone – buy legitimately.


In the wake of the controversy over the tapping of the phone of Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh, Home Minister Shivraj Patil is likely to call a meeting of CEOs of all public and private telecom companies.

The meeting is expected to work out a plan for plugging loopholes in telecom companies that could lead to unauthorised interception of phone calls.

Two men – Bhupendra Kumar, who ran a private detective agency in south Delhi, and Kuldeep an employee of Reliance Infocomm – have so far been arrested in connection with the illegal tapping of Amar Singh’s phone.

Source: ET


Phones are landing Bollywood stars in trouble. This week saw two controversies where phones played an enabling role – the Mallika Sherawat MMS case and the Salman Khan tapes.

ToI talks of how such MMS clips benefit Cellcos and rants about the inadequacy of IT laws in the country. While it may be true that the cellcos like any content that spurs SMS/MMS/Data traffic, I’m sure there are more legal ways to do it. Countries with high mobile penentration should take a cue from South Korea where camera-enabled mobile phones are required to make “camera shutter” sounds, of at least 64 decibels, when a picture is taken.


An insurance company, which refused to indemnify the owner of a lost mobile phone for the reason that she did not produce a copy of the FIR of the police complaint, has been ordered by a consumer court to pay the claim amount of Rs 8,700 along with compensation.

The National Insurance Company had repudiated Deepika Verma’s claim citing an “exclusion clause” that only a “Non-Cognizable Report was lodged mentioning that the cell phone was taken away by somebody” while the claim covers only “theft through force or violent entry or exit”.

Source: Rediff


Story on SMS Spoofing by The Hindu. Faking sender’s number in SMS is easy using some software front-end and the bulk SMS providers as the carriers.
For the bulk SMS providers, one way to control this menace and not get involved in the legal tangles is to authenticate their customer’s “sender” mobile number. This can be done by sending a one-time security code to the customer’s mobile during the registeration process. Customer completes his registration by providing that security code in the registration form finally. This ensures that the “sender” mobile number exists and belongs to the customer.

A Bharath Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) engineer said that mobile telephone users could easily find out if they have received a fake SMS by going to message options menu and checking the SMS message details. The details include the mobile phone number of the message sender and the message centre number of the cellular service provider. “If it is a fake message purportedly from a BSNL number, the message centre number would not be that of the BSNL service. It would be that of the SMS gateway hired by the company that offers the web-based spoofing service.”


The city police booked their first-ever case of phone cloning recently