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Stop a Cell-phone Stealer from Using your Cell Phone

March 31, 2008

If someone steals your cellphone, the very least you can do is stop the cell-phone user from using it. The logical answer to do that is to call your cell phone company (with a landline or something).

This option presents an obvious flaw. What happens if they change the SIM card? The answer is quite simple.

Dial *#06# on your cellphone. (That was star, pound, zero, six, pound). Without hitting the call button, wait for a few seconds and your phone will display a fifteen-digit number on your screen.

That number is your unique cell phone number. That number is just like snowflakes; it is one of a kind.

Call your cell phone company the next time somebody steals your cell phone and tell them your unique number. They should be able to disable your cell phone so that no matter what SIM is inserted, it will not work.

I haven’t tried the tip myself (I never let my phone out of sight), but it is supposed to work. Give it a shot and write it down. Who knows?

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 1, 2008 3:52 am

    Giving the IMEI to the phone company will definitely work. But there’s some applications out there, which not only disable a stolen phone but make it wail really loudly and uncontrollably. Also, there’s been stories of people who have their phones to set automatically upload photos to the net and photos of the thieves appearing shortly after their handset is stolen. Heheh..

  2. April 20, 2008 5:49 pm

    I think if they were to figure out that 15 digit number, the thieves would be able to disable it and they can use their new sim card….But I dunno how easy it would be for them to work that out…

    Simon: I like the wailing phone part…. they should implement it on every phone!!

    Anyway, all the best!

  3. April 21, 2008 8:51 pm

    @pKay: The figuring-out-the-number part is easy. As described above, all that is needed is to dial *#06#. However, disabling it is the tricky part. I haven’t seen anything that said anything about changing it. That might be possible.

  4. December 29, 2009 12:14 pm

    What blog script do you use on your site ?

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