July 11th 2012, 12:00 AM

Find the IMEI Number on a mobile phone

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The IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number is on all GSM and UMTS mobile phones, commonly found in Europe, Asia, Africa , Australia and increasingly in America. AT&T & T-Mobile are the major US carriers using GSM with IMEI numbers but there are growing numbers of regional carriers who are switching to GSM like Centennial Wireless, Highland Cellular, Dobson Cellular to name a few. Verizon and Sprint phones will generally not have IMEI numbers but rather ESN numbers (similar) unless they have a dual mode module for overseas use.

Mobile phone companies can use the number to identify valid subscribers and the type of equipment used. The carrier could thus use the number to remotely disable the phone in the event it is stolen or reported lost and customize data content to be compatible with the type of equipment used, among other things.

Steps

  • Ensure your phone is powered on and the usual dialling function is available.
  • Press the following keys one by one: *#06#.
  • As you press on the last #, a number will appear with the title, IMEI number, or similar.
  • And if you store this *#06# as a phone number in your contacts with the some name, say, IMEI Code, then next time when you dial IMEI Code from your contacts, it will show you the IMEI Number. That way you won't forget the *#06# sequence.

Alternate Methods

  • Ensure the phone is powered off.
  • Remove the battery.
  • Look on the phone for a white sticker/label, which would be now exposed after removing the battery, for the IMEI. It would be 15 or 17 digits not including a few forward slashes included and without any letters. Only the first 15-digits are needed.
  • IMEI is under Start/Settings/System/Device Information/ Version Tab

Tips

  • If your mobile phone is stolen, call or go to the nearest service center of your mobile network, and give that IMEI number to staff and ask them to block that number for a period of time, so no one can use your mobile phone for any illegal purpose.

  • Store your 15-Digit IMEI Number in a safe place, so you could find it if your phone is stolen.

  • If you are South African, you are required by law to report the theft to your Service Provider (Mobile Network) and to the Police (either SAPS or your local Metro Police). It will be blacklisted across ALL networks so that it can't be used for criminal activities. If it is recovered, it is possible to de-blacklist it providing you have proof of ownership.

  • This does not work with most pre-paid phones and non-contract phones in America. It may not work with the disposable phones available throughout Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Warnings

  • Do not ask the Service Center Staff to block your IMEI number permanently.

  • The *#06# process does not work with the iPhone, LG-WX3200 and LG-LX160 phones, or all Nextel (iDEN) handsets, or a RAZR V3m.

  • Sometimes, fraudulent people change the IMEI Number of a handset, soon after the theft, and according to a recent report, most of the new numbers used by them are of already existing Cell Phones, so it is better to check whether your handset's number is not used somewhere else by visiting . If it shows the Model of mobile, which you have, then it means that it is not used by someone else, but if it does not, then you should immediately , and consult them regarding this problem.

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