Change the IMEI number is problematic in most countries, since it can easily come into conflict with the law. Is the equivalent to change the VIN number of your vehicle. If they catch you doing this, in some places you can even go to the Chair.
With the older phones was easier than with new phones because the new devices have better security and also programmable chips that only accept the IMEI once. As you can read in some forums, some people change the plates mother of phones instead of IMEI programming chips. To change IMEI you also need professional equipment and a large amount of knowledge.
What is the IMEI?
As we said, the IMEI is the ID of your device. Is a unique number for each unit manufactured, and which guarantees the origin of him and that he was not stolen, modified or falsified. Basically, it’s the fingerprint of your mobile device, as the IMEI is registered in every mobile operator that you use and usually can only get access to mobile networks if it exists.
Why Change the IMEI?
There are different reasons for the change in the IMEI:
- To erase clues about the lost or stolen phone (this is more used, completely illegal);
- To delete tracks on the phone manufacturer and model;
- For research;
- Maintenance (not always);
- Motherboard Exchange (not always);
- Other reasons.
How Manufacturers Can Prevent Changing the IMEI?
Currently there is no 100% security to ensure that your IMEI number will not be modified. Manufacturers can do their best, but you can still change the chip and reprogram it if you have the same knowledge that employees of the manufacturers. What they do is maintain a registry of stolen Imei international, which helps in time to prevent your stolen phone is used in a mobile network again. Still, you have to report the theft to your carrier and your IMEI number, for they block the use of your appliance.
When the IMEI Can Change?
In addition to illegal means to change the IMEI, one of the situations where the IMEI can change is during a maintenance where there was damage to the chip in that the IMEI is registered or on the motherboard of the machine. However, not every case that the IMEI is changed. In some assurances, the IMEI number can be rewritten in the new card or chip, keeping your original number. In other words, your IMEI will be maintained or you will have a new IMEI.
There May Be Duplicate IMEI?
By legal means, it is very difficult to happen. Now, by illegal means, it can happen and has increased the number of cloning of cell phones. In addition, unauthorized maintenance can modify your IMEI or use it for other purposes, whether by evil intent or negligence in time to configure the appliance repaired (Example: Using a motherboard used a device that had the IMEI rewritten). Don’t forget that the xing-lings may also have Imei “problematic” and soon, those numbers will be blocked. Is it really worth is always have a receipt of your appliance and all kinds of original warranty for any problem that will occur as the IMEI.
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