[Q] Samsung Galaxy S4 i9500 suddenly lost signal, imei, baseband, etc.
My i9500 has driven my crazy since yesterday, I even stayed up all night trying to find a way to restoring its IMEI. So here's the problem:
I was playing a game called "Friendly Fire" and decided to turn off its notifications using Application Manager. Everything was fine until a few hours later when I opened up my phone and saw the mobile signal was gone, only a circle with the diagonal dash inside it left. At that time I thought it was fine but then suddenly it popped up the message "Please enter SIM card unlock number" or sth like that, which was an error indeed because my i9500 is an unlocked version. I though it was the mobile network who locked the SIM, but when I tried putting the SIM into other phones, they all worked! And so I started to find a way to unlock my i9500 by ServiceMode Menu but I could never reach the ServiceMode Menu, it only showed a blank screen. I checked my IMEI and it now said "null/null". I had never rooted or flashed any ROM on it so it was really really strange. So I reached a topic on "how to solve the null/null IMEI" on i9500 because it seemed that many people got this problem. However, nothing helped
I even rooted my phone to see whether I can back up then restore the 'efs' folder. Well, I did manage to do so but the IMEI would not change at all. The strange thing is that when the phone was just booted up, if I enter *#06# the IMEI shows "null/null", but if I enter *#1234# first then *#06# it shows the generic IMEI (0049...), which was useless as well. I tried different methods, flashing to different official stock rom, but nothing worked. Also, when I flashed an official stock rom, Kies did not show the right region of the firmware but "XXX" for every firmware I tried. And of course, my mobile signal was lost so I could not make any call/text/3G/LTE/etc., but the rest (wifi, bluetooth, gaming, etc.) was okay, it is basically an ipod touch right now
I wonder if anyone can help me with my problem? I know my real IMEI number (at the back of the phone) and that's it. I bought it from another country so it would not be possible for me to bring it to the Samsung store where I got it from. I could not remember the country where its first firmware came from
Is there any way to find out that?
Many thanks for reading my trouble