I have a Samsung Galaxy S GT-I9003 running GINGERBREAD.XXKPE. Right now when I type *#06# in the phone app, the popup shows:

(I recreated the image with my paint editor because I didn't want to use my camera. This is still an exact recreation of it.)

How would I put the IMEI back into memory? I have the IMEI from the back of the phone saying: *5**07/0*/9****7/*

I hid some numbers for obvious reasons. How would I put the IMEI back into the machine? Apparently, the IMEI is a 15 digit code but the IEMI on the rear of the phone is in this format: ABCDEF/GH/IJKLMN/O. Could you also rephrase this '15 digit code' to be 15 digits without slashes using letters A-O?

  • Are you sure this old device is still worth the effort? There are already countries and mobile network providers where it will not get a signal at all as 2G and 3G are already shut down.
    – Robert
    Sep 14 at 8:20
  • Yeah, I'm using this for a second phone and I can't sign in to google because the IEMI was lost. Sep 14 at 10:02
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    I don't think the IMEI is the problem. The device is simply EOL, Google announced that those devices will no longer work: support.google.com/android/thread/118703101/…
    – Robert
    Sep 14 at 10:24
  • Ok, thanks, Robert! Is there a way to update the phone without a sim card? I tried SETTINGS> ABOUT PHONE> SOFTWARE UPDATE> CHECK FOR UPDATE but it says I need a SIM card. Sep 14 at 10:35
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    The SIM card is irrelevant, there are no updates your phone could receive. 2.3 is the highest version it can get by official updates.
    – Robert
    Sep 14 at 11:26

I not sure but maybe you can`t solve this problem because the IMEI number is unique in all the phones and the police in the countries bloqued the IMEI for security reasons. I not sure but maybe your phone is bloked for a confusion , you can talk with the companie or the police.

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    Carrier or government agency blocking IMEI should have no bearing on the output of *#06#. IMEI is stored inside the device. Even if IMEI is blocked by said parties carrier services might not work, but the device would still show IMEI. Something else is causing the problem.
    – Firelord
    Sep 15 at 11:51
  • I know that the IMEI got corrupted, not blocked so this can't be the case. Sep 17 at 7:38

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