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    An IMEI, or International Mobile Equipment Identity, number is a number associated with a specific cell phone and can be used by authorities in a wide variety of countries to blacklist stolen cell phones, making them unusable to the thief, even if he/she replaces the phone’s SIM card. An IMEI number should not be confused with an IMSI, or International Mobile Subscriber Identity, number which is used to identify a subscriber. An IMEI is printed on the inside of the user’s cell phone and does not have any connection with the user’s account except for temporary identification purposes when a user’s SIM card connects to a local network.

     

    How IMEI Works

    In the event a user’s cell phone becomes lost or stolen, he/she can call the cell phone company and have the phone disabled by providing them with the phone’s IMEI number. While IMEI numbers cannot necessarily be used to track a phone, blacklisting the phone prevents the thief from using the phone or making a profit by selling it on the black market. The user will still, however, need to cancel his/her cell phone plan and purchase a new account to prevent his/her SIM card from being used by a different phone. Likewise, approximately 10% of IMEI numbers are not unique, preventing some users from disabling the correct phone.

     

    How To Find My IMEI

    Users can find their IMEI number by removing the cover from the back of their cell phone and taking out the battery. The user can find the IMEI number printed on the inside compartment. An IMEI number may also be displayed on the screen of some phones by entering *#06#. In either case, the user will need to write this number down in a safe place as the cell phone company may not have the number in their files.

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    29 comments
    1. charlene

      15 September, 2012 at 3:04 pm

      My phone wnt turn on and have no box and imie num rubbed of how can I get it

      Reply
    2. adam

      14 April, 2012 at 2:55 am

      hey.. my blackberry cell phone was stolen.. i want his IMEI and i dont know it.. how can i find it by his pin? i know his pin and i cant found it in “blackberry protect”!! please help me to know the IMEI by his pin.. thx

      Reply
    3. Mrunal

      21 March, 2012 at 3:30 pm

      How to find a lost blackberry curve with help of IMEI no. model no. is 8520 pls help me ?

      Reply
    4. ANUJ SAVANI

      7 March, 2012 at 5:39 am

      HOW TO FIND AN E.M.I NO OF A MOBILE

      Reply
    5. SURYA KUMAR

      20 January, 2012 at 11:47 am

      SIR I LOST MY NOKIA6600 
      I SEND MY NOKIA IMEI;359365009528799 YOU SEND FOR NOW USING PHONE
      NUMBER &PLACE  ADDEERESNUMBER &PLACE 
      SIR YOU FOR MY PHONE DETAILS YOU SEND MAIL OR CONTRACT NUMBES 9494050886. 8500318539.
                                                                                                              TANKING YOU SIR

      Reply
    6. Archilles

      2 January, 2012 at 11:23 am

      How do i use my imei to find my unlock code?

      Reply
    7. iqra

      10 December, 2011 at 10:53 am

      salam…my cellphone was stolen itz nokia E71 but i dont know the IMEI # how can i find it? i was using zong sim?? plzzzz teme

      Reply
    8. manoj.wagh

      29 October, 2011 at 1:51 pm

      plz reply my problem solu.

      Reply
    9. manoj.wagh

      28 October, 2011 at 7:29 am

      sir how can i know my reliance netconnect imei number. for model ec121 hi speed cdma. please reply me.

      Reply
    10. POONAM

      10 October, 2011 at 5:25 pm

      hi  my blackberry was stolen in party i did not activated tracker as i just purchsed it a month before so can i find my phone with the help of bbm pin or imei no????? please help me!!! thank you>>>>

      Reply
    11. shaista..

      18 September, 2011 at 11:06 am

      i 4got my mobile pasword…and i dont know imei number..its not written in mobile…can anyone help me to find imei  plz…….

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      • Marlon Franco

        18 September, 2011 at 12:28 pm

        please follow the instructions in the post “dial *# 06 #”. Thanks

        Reply
    12. anne

      10 September, 2011 at 1:00 pm

      how can i re-input my IMEI on my phone? i thought its deleted by someone who barrow my cellphone. ASAP 

      Reply
    13. kll

      8 September, 2011 at 1:49 pm

      i lost my sony ericssion k550i how would i find it back again? i don’t know the IMEI number 
      Please help me… 

      Reply
    14. Raiyan

      11 August, 2011 at 5:08 pm

      today i lost my blackberry pearl 8220 .,.,.i dont know my IMEI Number..,.,.,i dont have the bOx.,.,.,please.,.,help meeh…how would i find it back again …??

      Reply
    15. JHEN

      25 July, 2011 at 9:00 am

      Hi
      My phone storage itself was gone in my phone file manager
      How will i be able to get it back without going to service center?

      Reply
      • Marlon Franco

        25 July, 2011 at 3:16 pm

        What do you mean storage was gone? All the information, contacts, apps are missing? Can you please provide more information. Thanks

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    16. iris

      2 July, 2011 at 6:17 am

      how can i contact the service provider? because my cellphone was stolen and i want to blocked it

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    17. Krissy

      27 May, 2011 at 4:25 pm

      hi, my cellphone was stolen but i dont know the IMEI # how can i find it? someone can help me??? if my phone did not get back i want it blocked!!!!!!

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      • Will.Spencer

        28 May, 2011 at 5:10 am

        Krissy:

        Call your cell service provider immediately and ask them to block your phone.

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    18. Kate

      25 March, 2011 at 8:09 am

      my phone was stolen & i dont know the imei #. how will i know what the imei # of that phone because i want it blocked..

      Reply
      • Will.Spencer

        25 March, 2011 at 9:01 am

        Contact your cell service provider. They are able to look up your IMEI, although they may not be willing to.

        Reply
    19. lacey parsons

      16 March, 2011 at 9:36 pm

      my blackberry wont turn on , and i need to find out the IMEI code how can i find this out ?

      Reply
      • Tameka

        13 June, 2011 at 1:11 pm

        Your IMEI is usually printed behind the battery on the inside of the phone. Remove the battery cover and the battery, and look to see if it is there. The print is really small so you might need a magnifying glass.

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    20. rony

      20 February, 2011 at 12:10 pm

      i wanna se my 32 port gsm eurotech gw ime i number and i also want to change it . Anybody help me ?????

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      • Gipsy

        7 October, 2012 at 6:30 pm

        Yes i can help you to change the IMEI no. randomly. That it will never been tracked

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    21. RISHTA

      6 February, 2011 at 8:07 am

      i lost my sony erricson xperia phone. how can i get it back??HELP!!! I don’t know its IMEI no.

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      • Will.Spencer

        7 February, 2011 at 4:04 am

        Rishta:

        Knowing your IMEI won’t help you find a lost phone. If the battery has run down and you can’t call the phone to hear it ring, all you can do is to physically look for the phone at the places you visited when you last remember having your phone.

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    22. RAVI

      4 February, 2011 at 5:29 pm

      i lost my cell phone(nokia)which is 1 month old.i do not know its IMEI number.how can i get it back.i really need it.

      Reply
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