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Old December 3rd, 2012, 09:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Nexus 4 not display the IMEI

I bought the nexus 4 from carphone warehouse in uk.

the phone is SIMFREE, but not recognize the cellular network.

also, i cant see the IMEI code:



why i cant see the IMEI code?
(on the box i have the IMEI code)

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Does the IMEI show up in Settings>About Phone..?
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Does the IMEI show up in Settings>About Phone..?

no.
its look like:
IMEI - UNKNOWN
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no.
its look like:
IMEI - UNKNOWN
On mine it's Settings - About Phone - Status

About mid way down.

I don't see that same screen you have how do you get to that?
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On mine it's Settings - About Phone - Status

About mid way down.

I don't see that same screen you have how do you get to that?
Here:
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I noticed that no one has made any more comments on this one.

Do you have a SIM to put in the phone? I've never checked to see if the IMEI is displayed without a SIM inserted. I would think it would be, but I've never tried it.

The IMEI should be on the box the phone came in as well. That being said, it's not needed unless you're trying to access the cell network, and for that you'll need the SIM.

UPDATE: I pulled my SIM and the IMEI displays without it.
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from what ive read around the internet, thats a bad thing. some apps need to see the IMEI for it to work to verify your the owner. I could be wrong however.

and from my days of rooting the Galaxy S3, i was warned that there is a high risk of losing the IMEI when rooting which could result in complete disconnection with the carrier because again, they need to know your the owner. though ive never heard of that risk with any other phone.

so either:
A: you got a defective IMEI and should contact the retailer or Google
or
B: It was previously owned and opened and tampered with and should return it
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... The IMEI should be on the box the phone came in as well. ..
The number is also on a sticker on the back of the phone near the bottom ... at least it was on my Nexus 4 from Google.

OP: What sort of help did you find at the Carphone Warehouse where you purchased it?
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from what ive read around the internet, thats a bad thing. some apps need to see the IMEI for it to work to verify your the owner. I could be wrong however.
That's not how Android works, or at least Android apps from the Play store. If thet were true, you counldn't use them on multiple Android devices, including ones (like tablets) that don't have an IMEI number.

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and from my days of rooting the Galaxy S3, i was warned that there is a high risk of losing the IMEI when rooting which could result in complete disconnection with the carrier because again, they need to know your the owner. though ive never heard of that risk with any other phone.
I strongly suspect that is sheer nonsense being spread by carrier employees. Flashing a new ROM doesn't lose your IMEI.
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That's not how Android works, or at least Android apps from the Play store. If thet were true, you counldn't use them on multiple Android devices, including ones (like tablets) that don't have an IMEI number.

I strongly suspect that is sheer nonsense being spread by carrier employees. Flashing a new ROM doesn't lose your IMEI.
Ahh OK gotcha, I was wrong. But losing your IMEI idk, I've actually read posts from people crying for help to restore their GS3 IMEI after they flashed a rom. But who knows, I've rooted it 8 times over no problems. They might have been morons :P
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from what ive read around the internet, thats a bad thing. some apps need to see the IMEI for it to work to verify your the owner. I could be wrong however.

and from my days of rooting the Galaxy S3, i was warned that there is a high risk of losing the IMEI when rooting which could result in complete disconnection with the carrier because again, they need to know your the owner. though ive never heard of that risk with any other phone.
To enable the Unlimited LTE plan on ATT I gave them some random imei of a samsung skyrocket that I found in a forum.

I'm currently using my Nexus 4 and I guess you could say ATT has no idea.

This could be unique by carrier, but I can tell you for sure it does not matter what imei you give ATT, just pop in your sim card and the data plan they have for your phone number will work.
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