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An IMEI (International Mobile Station Equipment Identity) number is a unique way to identify an individual device that connects to a mobile network (ie, a mobile phone or mobile broadband device).
One of the benefits of IMEI numbers is that they can be reported lost or stolen and be blocked from accessing any mobile network in Australia - it essentially means that a phone is completely useless to anyone who obtains the phone if they're not the actual owner.
How do I find my IMEI?
IMEI numbers are located in various places depending on your device, but here are some of the common ways of finding yours:
- Dial *#06# in your phone's dialler and click 'call'
- Check under your device's battery (make sure you turn it off first if you need to remove the battery!)
- Look at the box your device came in - it should be on a sticker
How do I find out if my IMEI is blocked?
You can check if your IMEI is blocked via entering it into the AMTA (Australian Mobile Telecommunications Authority) status check page.