Do you wish to learn how to get the IMEI number on your phone? If yes, this article is for you. IMEI stands for International Mobile Equipment Identity. It’s a unique number that identifies you phone. In most instances you will want to keep your phone’s IMEI written somewhere.
South Africa is notorious for phone thefts. Should that happen to you, the IMEI will be required to blacklist the phone and help track the device. Of course, thieves in the country have apparently the means to overwrite the IMEI on phones. But that’s another story altogether.
USSD code to find my phone’s IMEI
To find the IMEI on your phone, all that you need to do is to dial *#06#. Your phone will immediately display the IMEI. You can also find the IMEI written in your phone’s battery area. Remove the battery and you will see the IMEI. In most instances, the IMEI will also be printed on the box on which you bought your phone or tablet.
What if my phone has dual SIM slots?
Most phones these days come with dual SIM card slots. If you have a phone like this, you can still use the information that we gave here on how to get the IMEI number on your phone. The only thing that will happen is that you will see two IMEI numbers displayed on your phone.
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Why is the IMEI important?
This is something that we have already discussed. Phone theft is a blight in South Africa. One way through which stolen devices can be tracked and blocked is through the IMEI.
Under ideal situations, the IMEI cannot be changed. It means if someone steals your phone and inserts their own SIM into the device, the network can track who has the phone.
And because every South African SIM is supposed to be registered to an individual, it becomes possible for the police to catch these criminals.
Of course, things are not that simple. Thieves in the country have apparently found ways of changing the IMEI numbers on phones, making it the end of the road as far as tracking is concerned.
In this post, we showed you how to get the IMEI number on a phone. It’s very easy to get the IMEI via USSD. Once you have this number, write it down somewhere. It can come in handy in the event that you phone is stolen.
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