What is IMEI number, how to find it, and all else you need to know about it.

Changing Phone’s IMEI Number: What Are The Benefits?

Every mobile network dependent device has a unique 15-digit identification number called an IMEI number. By network dependent devices, we refer to mobile phones, USB modems, and Mi-Fi devices. More accurately, an IMEI number is allocated to each wireless radio in a device, so a dual SIM mobile phone has two IMEI numbers. IMEI is an abbreviation of International Mobile Equipment Identity Number. The number identifies each device and can be used to trace it.

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How To Find Your Phone’s IMEI Number

Your device’s IMEI number can be found inside the back cover. For mobile phones, you can also enter *#06# using the dialler keypad and the number will be displayed on the screen.

Changing The IMEI Number Of Your Phone

There are people who keep asking about how to change the IMEI of their mobile phone. The first issue is that it is illegal to do so in many countries. It is easy to see why: it is a unique identifier. As such by default, you shouldn’t be wanting to change it if you are not involved in illegal activities, all other things being equal.

Any Benefits of Changing IMEI Number?

There are no real benefits to changing IMEI number of your phone. It does not provide you more privacy, for example. There are technologies that can identify you even if you alter your phone’s IMEI number.


Also, note that if you change your phone’s IMEI, and it so happens that the number you replaced it with belongs to another phone that is already in use, you will end up with a bricked phone. Bricked: unusable.

One benefit that used to exist was changing the IMEI of an Android smartphone to that of a Blackberry device to be able to use Glo Blackberry internet Service on AndroidGlo has since discontinued its BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS), so that benefit is gone with the wind.

In the end, changing your IMEI provides no real benefits in terms of privacy or security. It actually poses a risk of killing your phone, and also opens you up to legal issues. You do not want to be caught on the wrong side of the law.


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