Mobile phones are not as new as they used to be decades earlier. The mobile telephony industry has grown far and wide all across the world and along with it the mobiles have grown tremendously well, especially during the last couple of decades.
The mobiles are extremely handy, effective, rich with features and have significantly improved our lifestyle so much that we can hardly imagine our daily lives and the day to day activities that we engage ourselves in!
These miniature calling devices are not only used for calling but for a wide range of other functions. Today they are used almost like a computer if not completely like their bigger counterparts where we find tons of features that we use all too frequently during the day.
What is an IMEI Number?
An International Mobile Equipment Identity number or what normally by as an IMEI number is a specific number allotted to each mobile phones that are manufactured all around the world. These numbers are crucial for the identification of the 3GPP, iDEN mobile phones as well as many other satellite phones manufactured around the globe.
Where will you locate the IMEI number on your mobile?
The IMEI number can easily be located printed inside the battery compartment of the mobile phones. Therefore, you can simply open your mobile phone and find it inside your battery compartment. However, this method cannot be tried in most modern mobile phones where you cannot just open the phone.
But don’t worry because there is another method via which you can obtain the IMEI number, in case you require it for any possible reason.
The other method will display the IMEI number right on the screen of your mobile phone that you can access at ease and then take it down with the help of a pen and paper.
Here, you simply need to type in *#06# and then wait for your mobile phone to display your IMEI number.
Some interesting facts that you need to know about your IMEI number
GSM networks widely use the IMEI numbers to identify the mobile devices that are valid. Furthermore, it can also stop a stolen phone from accessing the network via one such number. For instance, in case a mobile phone is stolen, then the owner of the device can use the IMEI number to blocklist the phone with the help of their network service provider.
This will make the phone be rendered useless on that network and sometimes other networks, even if the person who has stolen the phone decides to change the subscriber identity module (SIM) of the phone.
The mobile devices, which are devoid of a SIM card slot usually don’t have the IMEI code. However, it is important to know that the IMEI only identifies the device and does not have any particular relationship to the subscriber. The phone identifies the subscriber by transmitting the International mobile subscriber identity (IMSI) number, which is stored on the SIM card of the phone and can also be transferred to any handset if need be. However, the ability of the network to know a subscriber’s current, the individual device enables many network and security features.