IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) is a 15- or 17-digit code that uniquely identifies mobile phone sets. Every phone or Mobile Broadband device has a unique 15 digit code, called an IMEI number.
In Zambia when you purchase a phone keep the IMEI immediately. When you lose the mobile set you can report to the Zambia Police that can use it to track your lost device in case someone swaps the SIM card.
Use of IMEI
It uniquely identifies your mobile set
The IMEI can be used to prevent a mobile device communicating with GSM or USMT
How to find IMEI
Dial *#06# and the IMEI will pop up
In some mobile devices it’s printed in the battery bay
Login into the mobile device. Locate settings and in About Device/Phone check Status
In iOS go to Settings, then General and in About you will see it between Bluetooth and MEID