Basic handsets have limited features compared to smartphones, but it has less learning curve and is easier to operate for most people. If you are one of them using a branded basic mobile phone — like Nokia, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Micromax, Lava, etc. — then learn how to find the IMEI number of such phones.
The first step is to enter *#06# from your mobile’s keypad. Then you have to hit the call button, which will then retrieve and display the IMEI number. Your carrier will not charge any money for this. And you don’t need any special software to obtain the IMEI number. Simply dialling #06# from basic phone will help you get the proper IMEI number.
Another solution is to look into your phone’s software. Depending on the kind of phone model you own, this technique may differ. For example, Nokia basic phones have a settings options where you can know more about the phone — from the date of manufacture to the IMEI number of that particular model. Every phone has IMEI finder option located in different menu, so it can be a time-consuming process if you are not familiar with the features of the device.
Lastly, check the device’s packaging. Every phone comes with a box where the IMEI number is printed. Your basic phone’s box has the IMEIs on the left or right side of the box written in fine print.
Points to Remember:
- You will not be able to obtain IMEI number by contacting your carrier network through the customer care number. These folks will not entertain such calls where a customer requests IMEI number of the phone.
- Some phones do not have the option to lookup IMEI number by going into settings option. Actually, many phones will not show the IMEI number so easily, which is why you have to dial *#606#.
- Using IMEI number you won’t be able to find the location or find out if the device was stolen.
- Note that IMEI numbers can be changed using advanced softwares like IMEI changers and so on, which are not accessible to the general public.
- While removing the back cover, make sure to switch OFF your phone. This is for your own safety!
- The IMEI numbers are usually 15-digit long. If you have a number that’s less than 15 digits, then you have the wrong number.