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Discussion in 'Misc Electronics' started by Genie, Jun 23, 2007.

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  1. Genie

    Genie Guest

    May not belong in this area and of course has nothing to do with
    email. However, it seems everyone who is anyone has what I call a cell
    phone growth in their ear. Yes I have one but it is off until I need
    it = safety and security only.

    This being said a very good friend of mine sent me some good ideas he
    got from his attorney who learned the hard way.

    Therefore I will put it here for anyone who chooses to put it to use,
    ok?

    To disable a stolen (or lost) cell phone: To check your mobile
    phone's serial number, key in # 0 6 #.

    A 15 digit code will appear on the screen. Yes I tried it and it did
    work. Only little problem was, with the grey screen, the black digits
    and 'old eye sight'............

    Anyway there it was: serial number followed by the 15 digits.
    Instructions: write the number down and put it in a safe place where
    you can get to it asap. Call your service provider, give them the
    code. They will then be able to block your handset even if the thief
    or whoever changes the SIM card your phone will be totally useless.
    You probably won't get your phone back but alt least you know whoever
    took it can't use/sell it either. If everybody does this, there would
    be no point in people stealing mobile phones.

    PS Where I volunteer many hours a week over 9 years & still going
    strong (a local police department) I see in the 911 briefing log at
    least one report a day of someone who either lost or had their cell
    phone stolen. They need the police report for their service provider.
    But having this serial code on hand, wouldn't/couldn't that speed the
    process? I think so.

    Genie.
     
  2. It would be good if carriers were to talk to each other an distribute stolen
    numbers.

    However, here in Australia, they will happily take your GSM IMEI number and
    hold onto it. I was told I would be offered "protection" if that phone was
    used with that carrier.
    It never stopped working. WITH that carrier. That would qualify as a
    failed test by my standards.

    Apparently, since then, they talk to each other and share stolen EMEI
    numbers, but going on how the stolen phone market is booming, they're not
    doing anything about it.
     
  3. Doug Miller

    Doug Miller Guest

    [...]

    Doesn't work with all phones, and isn't really necessary anyway.
    http://www.snopes.com/crime/prevent/celltheft.asp
     
  4. Guest

    hi, genie
    i am rakesh from calcutta, india. i hav also lost my cell
    phone. i hav the IMIE no. with me. but where would i give the no.? to
    the cell phone manufacturer (Nokia) or to the network service
    provider(Hutch)?
    I am a bit confused about it. Please help me and
    reply me as soon as possible.
     
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