A SIM card or subscriber identification module is a data storage that contains various mobile information such as contact lists and text messages. It’s your cellphone’s connection to a network. Because it’s readily available and anyone can buy a piece or as many as they want without a cellphone and without informing the network provider, thieves can easily use stolen phones by removing the old SIM card and replacing it with a new one. But did you know that you can prevent or track a lost or stolen cellphone using the SIM’s validation and encoding capability?
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Steps on How to Locate Lost Phones
1 . Call your phone. This way, your carrier will be able to track the last known location of your phone.
2. Get your phone’s old box. In the box, look for your phone’s international mobile equipment identity or IMEI. It’s the number unique to your mobile device given by GSM network. It’s the same number that your network provider uses to prevent a thief from connecting to network.
3. Call your mobile network provider, give them your account number as well as your mobile phone number. Request for the SIM card number that is connected with your IMEI and cell phone number.
4. Request for assistance in tracking the location of your SIM card. Once the network provider detects that the original SIM card has been replaced, using the IMEI of your mobile phone, the network provider can trace the new sim card number of your lost phone.
5. If you believe that your mobile phone was stolen, contact the local police. Law enforcement can block your phone to prevent others from using your phone or sending a text message notification to the missing phone. As long as the missing phone has a SIM card on it, the message will be received.