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What is an IMEI number?

IMEI stands for International Mobile Equipment Identity, and each and every mobile phone carries this unique identifier.

Why Am I Asked For This?

Mobile network operators will use this number to check the history of the phone and your account. They will find out whether the phone has been reported lost or stolen, or whether you have any bills that are unpaid.

How Do I Know If My Phone Is Clean?

If you have any doubts about your phone’s history, maybe you have bought it for a bargain price on eBay and were wondering why it was so cheap? Then there are numbers that you can call to check the IMEI status. We recommend phoning up your current network provider.

How Do I Find My Phones IMEI Number?

There are two easy ways to find the IMEI number. Firstly, if your phone is powered on just dial *#06# and wait for the IMEI number to open up in a little box. The other way is to open the battery cover on your mobile and remove the battery. There should be a 15 digit number located on a white label under where the battery sits, this is the IMEI number.

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What is a Bad IMEI?

If your phone is stolen, or the bill paying history is bad (ie you owe money on your contract) then your IMEI will be bad. A little like your credit rating really, if you have missed payments, defaulted on the account or failed to pay, all these will result in a negative IMEI which means you may have trouble selling it to recyclers.

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