IMEI stands for “International Mobile Equipment Identity” and IMEISV stands for “International Mobile Equipment Identity with software version” which is a unique identification of your mobile internationally. Like the way we humans have a unique fingerprint, IMEI is the fingerprint of your phone. You can find the IMEI number written on your mobiles box pack or under the battery of your phone. If you can’t still figure it out then you can dial *#06# from your phone. This code works for most of the mobile phones. If you have a old SONY/ SONY ERICSSON then u can enter * Right * Left Left * Left*
In this process is telecom operator after police permission put reported IMEI on tracking and as soon as that device connect to telecom network, they get to know the location and they hand it over to police; only hurdle here is that it can’t be done for every lost or stolen mobile because of huge number and telecom operator will never do it unless they have a written police permission.
Condition for this kind of tracking is that mobile tracking software should been installed and activated before phone was lost or stolen, even in the situation when mobile tracking application was installed and activated it can be deactivated by thief by formatting the phone, not easy for every tracking application for still possible.
Now this is the only hope of person who have lost his phone, in this process phone is reported by public and searched by public only. When a Mobile phone is stolen or lost , the make, model and IMEI of the mobile is entered in database of lost, stolen & found mobiles, which is linked to rightful owner and reporting agency used mobile phone buyers, resellers, insurers, law enforcement, and security professionals check suspicious mobile against this list. When stolen gadget is located, they provide information to the rightful owners.
IMEI / IMEISV number is a 15/17 digit code, IMEI (15 decimal digits: 14 digits plus a check digit) or IMEISV (14 digits plus a check digit followed by 2 digits of SVN) includes information on the origin, model, and serial number of the device. It can also tell you Est date of range issuance, reporting body, primary market, legal basis for allocation, type allocation holder, mobile equipment type and GSM implementation Phase.
For example, the old style IMEI code 35-814004-982193-9 or IMEISV code 35-814004-982193-9-01 tells us the following
Information on IMEI 358140049821939
|Type Allocation Holder||RiM|
|Mobile Equipment Type||RiM BlackBerry 8520 Curve|
|GSM Implementation Phase||2/2+|
|IMEI Validity Assessment||Very likely|
|Est. Date of Range Issuance||Around Q2 2011|
|Reporting Body||British Approvals Board of Telecommunications (BABT)|
|Legal Basis for Allocation||EU R&TTE Directive|
|Full IMEI Presentation||358140-04-982193-9|
|Reporting Body Identifier||35|
|Type Allocation Code||35814004|
|Software Version Number(SVN)||01|