Find out about your used phone: Get a carrier check by IMEI
Bought or been given a used phone and don’t know what mobile network it’s on? Use the device’s IMEI number to find out. Our IMEI carrier check will tell you quickly if it’s registered and locked to a particular network. Armed with the facts, you can move just as quickly to unlock it if you need to.
Please select the make of the device you would like to Network Check.
Get your IMEI carrier check: 3 simple steps
Locate IMEI number
Type *#06# into the smartphone keypad. The device’s 15-digit IMEI number will appear on the screen.
Activate IMEI search
Enter the device IMEI number into the search box above. Press ‘Check Now’.
Get your personalized report
After running comprehensive checks against your mobile device, we’ll email your report in under 2 hours.
What a difference a network makes! Whether it’s roaming charges, mobile signal, download speeds or price plans, the carrier a phone’s locked to impacts costs and usability.
If you’ve bought a phone that’s locked to a network it limits your choice. And it determines how you use your phone and what that will cost you; rather than it being the other way around. When you carry out a mobile network check by IMEI you take back control. Finding out the facts before you buy means you can make the right choice for you.
It’s worth remembering that a locked phone isn’t necessarily a bad purchase. Using our online service, we can remove the carrier lock on any phone, on any network. But knowing in advance whether or not there’s a lock in place can influence your decision over how much to pay for a device and what the next steps might be to get it up and running.
Why choose Mobile Unlocked for your carrier check by IMEI?
Our carrier check by IMEI takes seconds to submit and delivers detailed up-to-date results in a clear format, fast.
Second hand phones sell quickly. Find out in a click if it’s a device you want to invest in. If it is, you have all of the information you need to buy with confidence.
Keep it Simple
Whatever the make or model of the device you want to check, the same simple process applies. Submit the IMEI online and we’ll email your report in under 2 hours. No additional information needed.
Our software regularly reviews and revises device information and specification details to access only the most reliable and recent IMEI data.
How our carrier check by IMEI works
An IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number is at the heart of our carrier check. A unique code, this 15-digit number links up with detailed information about a specific device (including carrier info). Hard-coded, each IMEI is centrally recorded in a Type Allocation Code (TAC) database, which is managed by the GSM (Global System of Mobile Communications) Association.
With direct and authorized access to this database, our software works at speed to identify the relevant IMEI number and export all relevant device data associated with it.
To ensure the most accurate and up-to-date results, our software runs a daily database check before producing its reports.
How to find your IMEI
To check IMEI number look in the 'Settings', ‘About’ menu of the device, type *#06# into the keypad, look in the battery compartment under the battery, on the SIM card. Failing that, then look for the IMEI number printed or on the sticker on your phone box.
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A network lock isn’t the only factor to consider when buying a used device. Mobile phones have lots of different technical components. They can also come with a range of manufacturing, usability and model-specific issues. All of these are worth checking out if you’re considering buying a used device.
Our extended range of specialized IMEI services cover all of the main concerns. Want a general overview? Try our free IMEI checker.
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Blacklisted phones aren’t usable. Not just stolen phones, blacklisted phones can also be blocked due to unpaid bills or because they've been being registered as lost. Once a device is registered as lost, stolen or having outstanding finance, it's listed on a database that prevents the device from being used. Once you’ve bought a blacklisted device, a stolen phone or lost phone, there’s not much you can do to reverse its status. Make sure it’s legal and usable before you buy with a blacklist check.
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