What is my IMEI and how to find my IMEI: International Mobile Equipment Identity number to unlock or iphone or Ipad

Example of IMEI on a Samsung barcode

An example of where to find an IMEI number under the battery. Or some brands may have it under the SIM. Newer phones have it in the settings or about menu. You can aslo sometimes dial it up. Read about that below
An example of where to find an IMEI number under the battery. Or some brands may have it under the SIM. Newer phones have it in the settings or about menu. You can aslo sometimes dial it up. Read about that below | Source

To unlock a mobile phone or cell phone you need your 15 digit IMEI


Why you or someone else may want to unlock your phone:

  1. You may want to sell it; ( an unlocked iPhone has a higher re-sale value);
  2. your have finished a plan or contract; and want to move to a new plan;
  3. your handset may been barred and you want it open again;
  4. you want to register your phone lost or stolen (to do that you will need to provide paperwork to say you have reported it lost or stolen, to Police); the regulator in your country can then block a stolen mobile phone to make it un-usable to the thief. But will only do this if you know the IMEI;
  5. a thief may want to unlock a stolen phone, to sell it;
  6. you may have found a better deal and want to switch to another carrier, or network supplier;
  7. You may plan to travel overseas. You can then buy a new SIM when you get to the other country. You save money as you avoid roaming rates and use the local rates.

Unlocking essentials: To unlock, you need to know your IMEI and your network supplier; You need this information:

  1. network the phone is locked to; and
  2. the IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number.


ON the Iphone 6 you can get the IMEI on the About page.

Source
iPad and iPod touch serial numbers are engraved on the back case toward the bottom
iPad and iPod touch serial numbers are engraved on the back case toward the bottom | Source

Ten ways how to get your IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) also called device serial number

Each equipment supplier may have their own way of doing it. And just to confuse you phones have all sorts of numbers: International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number, Mobile Equipment Identifier (MEID), Cellular Data Number (CDN), and Integrated Circuit Card ID (ICCID) number. What you want is the fifiteen-digit IMEI: Here's six ways how to get it.
Examples on how to find the IMEI: This changes by model.

  1. OniPhone 5 you find the IMEI on the back case near the bottom of the phone;
  2. iOS 6 or later, touch and hold the world serial number, on the menu IMEI/MEID, or ICCID to display the option to copy copy and paste for registration and such things.
  3. In original packaging, you can find the IMEI number on the barcode label;
  4. another way - go to phone's number pad. press *#06# . This may work. It may not. If it does, the first 15 digits are your IMEI number. Where it won't work is for an iPhone on the AT&T network . In that case *#06# gives the MEID number NOT the IMEI number . Another place - for example, where *#06# won't work is an iPhone on Verizon which gives you; "Your call cannot be completed as dialed."
  5. To find an IMEI on a USB modem, look under the SIM card;
  6. Find BlackBerry IMEI: Options > Status
  7. Find New Sony Ericsson widget's IMEIs: Options > status;
  8. Android widgets IMEI : "About Phone" in settings menu;
  9. Apple iOS devices IMEI - General > About in the Settings app; anjd
  10. Windows Phones: Settings > About > More info.

  11. go to your network carrier site and search for "IMEI"; - for example - in Australia, Vodafone unlocking policy for iPhone 5 is at this Vodafone link:


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Anonymous00 3 years ago

There's only one problem. You can't unlock an IPhone with just the IMEI.


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claudiafox 3 years ago from Sydney, Australia Author

Agreed! You are right. About to post another hub which connects to this with the headline: "How to unlock or jailbreak an iPhone: IMEI whitelisting for iPhones: Free jailbreaking and factory and software unlocking explained".


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Anonymous00 3 years ago

Ahh. Well nice write up =)


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claudiafox 3 years ago from Sydney, Australia Author

Dear Nony Mous. My dear. I think you Frenchified type, fond of Poulenc? Or is it with a K? No matter, as I am very very pleased to meet a person as invisible as I am; you, perhaps the Thomas Merton of Hubpages? Look forward to a wee bit of peer review of my peerless pieces. Managed to squeeze in a link to your "cracked apps" hub.


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Anonymous00 3 years ago

Poulenc - the composer/pianist


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claudiafox 3 years ago from Sydney, Australia Author

Dear Anonymous. Yes, Poulenc; that "half monk, half hooligan". His music I often hear on this useful and generally calming radio show: http://www.abc.net.au/classic/content/2012/01/14/3...


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Anonymous00 3 years ago

Useful and generally calming radio show ... lol =)


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claudiafox 3 years ago from Sydney, Australia Author

Yes, I especially like the late night "The God Who Sings" program, and the early morning mood set by Emma Ayres.

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