[Q] S3 I9300 - IMEI wiped - can't repair without 11# serial, can only see 16#
Hello and thank you for reading,
As the title suggests, I managed to wipe my IMEI number after fooling around with Roms a few months ago - no backup etc. To add salt to the wounds, I also managed to break the screen prior to this and chose a third party repair service which effectively replaced some parts whilst also removing the little sticker with the IMEI / Serial number which seems to be oh-so-ever important.
Before judging me, I acknowledge that I'm an idiot, and this was my first smartphone and I tend to skip the fine-prints.
Basically, I know that I'm screwed, and therefore I'm trying the phone off for repair. However, I've noticed, through rejeciton, that it seems to be illegal under UK law to do an IMEI-restore if I cannot prove that the IMEI correlates with my serial number. I've checked my receipts as well as the box in which the phone came, and on these I can only find an 11 digit serial number, whereas the only one I can find on my phone through settings-> about device-> status is 16 digits.
Is there any way I actually prove that this serial number is connected to my own IMEI, or at least the 11 digit serial number?
Thanks in advance