How To Check The Validity Of IMEI Number Of A Mobile Phone: Mobile Security

May 7, 2009

in Tools & Extras

IMEI stands for The International Mobile Equipment Identity. It is a number unique to every GSM and WCDMA and iDEN mobile phone as well as some satellite phones. It is usually found printed on the phone underneath the battery. All mobile phones are assigned a unique 15 digit IMEI code upon production. You can find it by typing *#06# on your handset.
Now you can check the validity of IMEI number of your mobile phone by visiting NumberingPlans and entering your unique 15 digit IMEI code. After entering 15 digit IMEI code you will get the information regarding manufacturer, model type, and country of approval of a handset.
By the way if you are wondering about the of need of checking the validity of IMEI number of a mobile phone, then here comes the very simple answer:

Suppose your mobile phone with a valid IMEI number is stolen, now if you know your valid IMEI number you can call your network provider and instruct them to “ban” the phone using its IMEI number. Now IMEI number is generally valid when you buy a mobile phone through a cellular operator, but in some other cases there are chances that your newly bought mobile phone may have invalid IMEI number. So its always better to check the validity of your mobile phone’s IMEI number.

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{ 77 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Arpit May 9, 2009 at 12:38 am

Thanks a lot buddy this is really great info!


2 Shahab May 9, 2009 at 3:00 am

Welcome to VirginTech Arpit!


3 Chris May 15, 2009 at 7:03 pm

Nice stuff buddy!


4 Matt May 21, 2009 at 1:17 am

Will definitely check it out!
Thanks for sharing!


5 Jack May 22, 2009 at 8:40 pm

By entering your IMEI number on a website to get it “checked”: you may be giving away a valid IMEI number that may later be used for illegal purposes?

I think I will put up a website and ask people to send me their Social Security Number so that I can “check it” for them, just to be sure they have a valid number?



6 Shahab May 23, 2009 at 12:16 am

First of all Welcome To VirginTech Jack!

Jack ..What you are saying is correct definitely, but numbering plans is quite a old, secure and reputed site so there should not be any problem like you mentioned.

So just don’t worry at all, its all secure there!

Btw thanks jack for your great comment.


7 Mobile User June 15, 2009 at 3:34 pm

This is exactly the info i was looking for.

I saw a couple of sites wanting to charge money for the same but i am glad i popped up at your site.

Thanks again.


8 Sri November 19, 2009 at 1:12 pm

Thanks for the info. was of a great help 🙂

Mine’s gotta valid imei Yuppieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee 😀


9 Shahab November 19, 2009 at 1:36 pm

You’re Welcome Sri!

I am glad that you’ve found this info useful 🙂

Thanks for your comment!


10 Ramesh Kumar November 26, 2009 at 11:39 pm

Please check the my imei number i.e. 356387020003283.Is it valid or not.


11 Shahab November 27, 2009 at 11:42 am

Hey ramesh thanks for commenting.
BTW ramesh i think you have committed a mistake while noting your IMEI number. Check it once more to get the valid IMEI number. See this link: How to find Valid IMEI number. Once you get your IMEI please don’t post it publicly anywhere. Simply headover to this link to check IMEI validity.
In case you are still confused do let me know, i will be delighted to help you.



12 neha patel November 28, 2009 at 11:26 pm

i want to know about my phone’s IMEI no.
when i type *#06# i didn’t get my IMEI no.
so please send me all information about how to get IMEI no. on my phone.iI send the message to 121 but i didn’t get any information about IMEI. so please help me.

thank you


13 Shahab November 29, 2009 at 11:43 am

Hi Neha!, thanks for your comment.

I’ll advise you to visit this link: How to find valid IMEI , here i have discussed 5 methods to find out a valid IMEI.

If you have already gone through that article and you didn’t find the solution there then just tell me which company’s phone you are using(nokia, samsung ,motorola etc)?
This info will help me to figure out your phone’s IMEI.


14 gaurav April 4, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Hi Neha,

The number you should dial to get the IMEI number is *#06# (i.e: star,hash,zero,six,hash) (zero looks like O)


15 Subhadip November 30, 2009 at 10:04 pm

Does it always show Europe as the primary market even if you didn’t buy it from Europe and you don’t live in Europe?


16 Shahab November 30, 2009 at 10:18 pm

Well subhadip that may be due to the fact that mobile phone’s primary manufacturing is done there in Europe. You may buy your phone from any part of the world but phone’s manufacturing is basically done only on few selected places. May be this is the reason why Europe is shown up as a primary market for most of the phone.

BTW i don’t know whether it always show europe as primary market or not.


17 akash December 8, 2009 at 6:34 pm

how can I get back my stollen phone


18 hs December 10, 2009 at 3:32 am

well, imei numbers really help if the mobiles are stolen – in such cases they can be used by the mobile company to shut off the mobile forever – provided the mobile is equiped with the facility.


19 Shahab December 10, 2009 at 9:24 am

@hs, Thanks for the pretty useful input 🙂


20 IRFAN December 16, 2009 at 9:43 pm

Thanks for this information


21 Shahab December 16, 2009 at 9:55 pm

you’re welcome irfan 🙂


22 Hasan January 26, 2010 at 2:21 pm

WOW dude you rock this looks some kind of Support center where agents are answering all you questions.

Great Correct Information YOU ROCK

Keep it up


23 Shahab January 27, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Thanks for those wonderful words Hasan!
I am glad you find this info useful 🙂


24 harish January 30, 2010 at 2:13 pm

hi !!!!!
but i dont no imei plz snd details about that


25 Harish February 5, 2010 at 10:39 am

Hi Shahab

First of all thanks for the useful input.

I got New fly mobile, on 19/12/09. I enquired with the IMEI number and got an IMEI num, but i didnt see whether it is active or not.

After 1 month now one of my Network providers send me a service stating that they will block the handset. I have gone through the article and entered the IMEI number. Got message that, Missing IMEI number. I entered the model number and the Brand and all.

Now, the question is will the IMEI number will be valid?? and When will i get the information regarding this.

Update me on this.

Harish Kumar


26 Shahab February 5, 2010 at 12:52 pm

Hey harish, have you checked the validity of your IMEI number from the above link?
If you have checked then what’s the message you get there?
BTW you said that you entered the model number, brand and other stuff too to get information about imei validity, but i would say there is no need to provide all this info. In fact You just need to provide your imei number on the numbering plans link that i gave in the post.

Anyway just let me know what message you are getting from numbering plans link about your IMEI.


27 Harish February 5, 2010 at 5:25 pm


Note: This IMEI number seems to be correct, but we do not have any information on this specific handset. Please add the missing information below.

That is the msg i got when i entered the IMEI Code in numbering plans…

With that A box asking for the following info appeared

Add missing IMEI information below
Handset brand-Fly iss present here
Handset model- mine is DS150….

i have added this info…i got a msg and also a call from my provider…today


28 Shahab April 14, 2010 at 11:19 pm

Well Harish i have doubt on the validity of your phone’s IMEI number. BTW as you mentioned that you bought this fly mobile on 19/12/09. So it would be in a warranty period presently. My advice to you would be that you should go to any authorised fly service center and tell them about this IMEI number problem. They will definitely get back to you on this and will do something (free of charge) for this because your phone is in warranty period. It would be much better if you approach the same fly mobile showroom from where you bought this phone.

Anyway if your cellphone has been blocked for invalid imei you may find this useful

Do let me know in case you need any other help from my side.

29 Subramani March 4, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Hi Sahab, I got a nokia mobile on ebay. The label under the battery says “Nokia” but the usual “Nokia Corporation” or “Made by Nokia” note is missing. I have checked the IMEI number on numberplanning web site and it gives the correct information of the make and model of the phone. The software and other features also look to be genuine. This phone is made in Korea for the Taiwan market. The phone looks very genuine and does not appear to be a cheap imitation. My question is if it is possible to change IMEI number between handsets. I have a small doubt that this mobile may be fake. Any suggestion please.


30 Shahab March 4, 2010 at 6:48 pm

Well subramani …first of all thanks for commenting on VirginTech.

Actually IMEI number is unique for every mobile handset. So it is something that is not transferable among mobile handsets, i mean you can’t interchange the IMEI of two handsets. Every IMEI points to one unique mobile handset.

BTW subramani ..why do you want to change the IMEI no? ..,I don’t get the idea behind this!


31 Subramani March 5, 2010 at 12:25 am

Hi Sahab, that was an instant reply thank you. I do not want to change the IEMI number. The last but one sentence of my previous message “I have a small doubt that this mobile may be fake”, I had a doubt that the IEMI number of an original Nokia Handset may have been changed to the handset I have received. This will make a fake set seem genuine and it will show as genuine on the numbering plan website. I hope that I am I clear now.


32 Shahab March 5, 2010 at 1:04 pm

Ok you mean to say that that your phone might be a fake one but it is having a valid IMEI (which is actually the imei of a genuine handset according to you).

Well subramani i am not 100% sure whether this is possible or not but most probably its not possible. But if you doubt that this might be possible. I would advice you to the following:

1: There are several ways to find your phones IMEI, visit this link and find the imei from all the methods. IMEI obtained from all the methods should be same irrespective of the method you used to find it out.
2: You might know this one but i still want to mention that never ever post your IMEI publicly because it might increase the risk of IMEI duplication.
3: As you mentioned that MADE BY NOKIA note is missing i would suggest you to enquire for this at the nokia showroom (in your case its a ebay dealer contact him for this )from where you bought your phone.

I hope the points above would help you. Anyway please do let me know if you need any other help.

33 Rajesh May 23, 2010 at 11:22 am

I checked two of my IMEI numbers and got this result. “This IMEI number seems to be correct, but we do not have any information on this specific handset”. why?


34 Shahab May 25, 2010 at 11:38 pm

Hi Rajesh. Thanks for commenting.

I removed your imei numbers from your comment as they should not be mentioned publicly on any site or forum.

Anyway your IMEI numbers seems to be perfectly alright, there is no problem with it. Actually Numbering plans site does not have the complete information for every IMEI number and that’s why it might not be showing you the complete details for your handset IMEI.


35 yadwinder May 31, 2010 at 12:19 am

hi dear,

I have my IMEI no. of my lost mobile.
can anybody tell me how i can relocate my mobile .
i would be very thankful to him & give him 1000bucks for this.


36 Shahab August 11, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Hi yadwinder,
Sorry for replying you late!
Btw please see the comment number 39th to find an answer to your query


37 lizi infanta July 2, 2010 at 12:15 pm

I lost my nokia mob last week but i have my IMEI num
plz find the mobile num which is using my mobile

thank you


38 AKE SEN July 15, 2010 at 11:52 pm

Thanx buddy, who r u ???

I dont know but u provide a best . nt best better than d best !!!!!

god bless u man.


39 Shahab August 11, 2010 at 3:02 pm

Thanks Ake for the appreciation!
This is Shahab khan, the author of VirginTech.

Thanks again.


40 Omprkash July 31, 2010 at 5:03 pm

I got my Fly mobile V-70 stolen on dated 17th July-2010
so please send me all information about how to get IMEI no. on my phone.iI send the message to my email Id:, but i didn’t get any information about IMEI. so please help me.
How can I get back my stolen phone
thank you


41 Shahab August 11, 2010 at 3:01 pm

Hello Omprakash!
Apologies for replying late.
If you are in India then you should visit this link to find out how you can recover your lost mobile:


42 Abed August 11, 2010 at 2:36 pm

how do I check this out? I have an IMEI # but do not know the make of the phone. I have various imei numbers for different phones. But the one I need is for my lost N70. So please check this one for me if its the N70 please!!!


43 Shahab August 11, 2010 at 2:57 pm

Hi Abed,

Never post your IMEI publicly because it may create problems for you. Hopefully in the near future, i will write about the problems in posting IMEI publicly.
Anyway the IMEI no. that you gave me in the comment was for your lost mobile N70. Am i right?
Please let me know this first then i will get back to you with further details.


44 Abed August 11, 2010 at 3:29 pm

Hi! Shahab.
I said the imei # that I gave you is one of the few I have, so please check the make of the phone for me pleeeeeease!!!


45 Sean August 20, 2010 at 5:48 pm

Hi Shahab,
The website is currently not working. Are there any other alternative sites where you can check phone model and valid imei numbers?


46 Shahab August 20, 2010 at 8:20 pm

Hi Sean , I just checked the Numberingplans site and it is working perfectly alright and let me tell you one more thing that it’s very reliable and authentic site, So you shouldn’t doubt on the data provided by this site.

BTW ..sorry I don’t know any alternatives for numbering plans site.


47 Sean August 20, 2010 at 6:43 pm

Hi Shahab, Have you seen me questions above? Have you any suggestions?


48 Sanjay Kumar September 19, 2010 at 12:04 pm

Sir i am from India using New Company Mobile: LAVA A9. This company newly launched in India, I can’t check his IMEI Code. Please give me suggestion about how to check mobile phone IMEI Code, specially Indian Mobile Phone. I am waiting for reply…


49 damo October 6, 2010 at 3:07 am

My phones have been acting up and after checking the imei codes both have 2 extra numbers could you explane any reson for this thanks.


50 Ravi November 29, 2010 at 4:02 pm

Hi Sir,
I lost my mobile in a bus. It was pick pocketed by someone. I just called up my service provider Aircel to block the mobile, but they say it is not possible.
Can I know through which number the sneaker is using my mobile, so that I can track that person?
Pls help me in this regard. Thanks in advance.



51 SMH December 15, 2010 at 4:51 am

Reporting Body PCS Type Certification Review Board (PTCRB)
Primary Market North America
Legal Basis for Allocation PCS Type Certification

does this mean this phoen is american?


52 Vins January 18, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Would u also have some info on how to check if my mobile has been blocked or not? I lost my mobile last week, but the service provider said they don’t block it anymore.One of my friend’s cousin said he has made some attempt to block it through some other source, but it would take 15 days.Just wanted to check if its done.

Pls help.



53 Alex January 30, 2011 at 1:03 pm asaid that my IMEI is correct but not re


54 raam February 1, 2011 at 10:53 am

blocking of the mobile using the IMEI number is highly, and I’m saying “HIGHLY” difficult for our Indians unless we are VIPs or VVIPs.
This is out of my personal experience after going through proper channels to trace my mobile.
None of the cellular operators say they have the facility of blocking the mobile.
So the only option is to be careful while carrying your cell phone else the flickers are all around you.


55 Zaf March 3, 2011 at 2:52 am

Some usefull information here. Does anyone know by any chance if I can see when an IMEI was blocked, and whether it was reported as stolen or missing specifically?
Any help would be great, thanks.


56 Zainudin April 4, 2011 at 7:40 am

Holla. i from malaysia,u can block/scan my phone?


57 heather April 7, 2011 at 11:40 pm

I sent my phone off for repair, but when it was returned to me it has a different IMEI number when I checked the numbers they both came back with similar details but does that mean that I have been sent back a different handset ?


58 ash May 8, 2011 at 9:09 pm

hi , ive tried this site i put in my imei , and then press analyse but nothing happens it does not tell em about my phone , because i have bought on recently but just want to be sure if it is legit


59 farhan May 15, 2011 at 12:37 pm

why do i received msg showing IMEI on my mobile from other mobiles?


60 JD May 28, 2011 at 3:34 am

Is there a way to send a message to the IMEI number of a phone if I don’t have the telephone number of the handset ? Or is there an alternative way to send a message to a handset if I don’t have the handset’s phone number ?


61 teri phillips July 11, 2011 at 9:09 pm

hi sorry to bother you but dose green very likely mean its valid or not? i have an iphone 3gs but cannot get a signal on the phone!!! ive tried this to check the imei and its green very likley what dose this mean?



62 Shahab July 11, 2011 at 9:46 pm

Hi teri, there is nothing to worry. It all seems ok. When you enter your IMEI number at numbering plans site then it will let you know your handset details like handset model number, name of the handset company etc. If these details are correct then your handset’s IMEI is perfectly ok. If there is any other doubt in your mind let me know.



63 teri phillips July 12, 2011 at 1:33 am

thankyou so much for your fast reply, do you have any idea as to why i have no service it worked for a few days then nothing 🙁



64 Shahab July 13, 2011 at 11:06 pm

Hi Teri,
Sorry i don’t have any idea on this, I think that will be better answered by the company customer care. The company whom your mobile handset belongs to.

65 Shanjat July 29, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Hi Shabab,

did you ever try for recognizing make and model ?

For my Nokia E51 it shown also images and phone specs.


66 Shahab August 5, 2011 at 10:29 pm

Hi Shanjat,

Well I haven’t heard about this. But I would say that numbering plans is very much credible and trustworthy. So i wouldn’t prefer to give out my imei to any other site apart from numbering plans.


67 dipesh October 15, 2011 at 12:49 pm

how can i get my imei number of my apple iphone 3g


68 qazi ahsan ahmed November 27, 2011 at 11:51 am

thanks for posting nice information


69 usman December 6, 2011 at 2:21 am

Hi, if it is very likely what does it mean? (stolen or not stolen) Thanks alot


70 Shahab January 6, 2012 at 9:23 am

Hi usman,

Very likely does not have anything to do with stolen or not stolen.


71 rhea December 29, 2011 at 7:05 pm

hi, i have adroid007 phone that my friend gave me from singapore but when i use it it says imei invalid and i cannot use it to sms or call! what u think the problem in that phone and what i need to do?


72 Shahab January 6, 2012 at 9:05 am

Hi Rhea,

I would suggest you to take it to the shop from where it was bought because for an invalid IMEI the seller would surely replace it.
Have you checked its validity from the numbering plans website? What it says for it?


73 mike January 5, 2012 at 5:33 am

So if it in the green near Very likely that means its valid ?


74 Shahab January 6, 2012 at 8:58 am

Hi mike,

Yes you’re right. It expresses the very high likelihood of the information being correct. When checking IMEI always cross check the details like “Type Allocation Holder” and “Mobile Equipment Type” etc. So for instance if you’re using a Nokia mobile then “Type Allocation holder” should be Nokia.

I hope this makes sense.


75 Felipe August 7, 2012 at 9:50 pm

Hi, thank you so mucg for this info , it was really helpful , it gave me accurate info , thank you , will defently use it again and recoment it , keep the good work up . 😉


76 charlie December 15, 2012 at 9:02 pm

very good info here. im in thailand and thinking of buying a new galaxy s3 but im worried that even reputable dealers might sell fakes.the local street markets sell good looking fake s3s for 60 pounds! and i would quess they just get a genuine imei no. and use that so when you check it all looks ok??
please tell me im wrong.


77 bunty February 9, 2013 at 1:31 am

I checked two of my IMEI numbers and got this result. “This IMEI number seems to be correct, but we do not have any information on this specific handset”. why?
it will create any problem in future or what?


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