Thanks Meter 33
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Jubail Industrial City
An easier way of restoring lost IMEI (GT-I9500)!
I just like to share something I have discovered during the time I was already going nutts when I discovered that my phones IMEI was replaced by another set of numbers. It all started when I flashed a Firmware XXUBUBMG1 (Movistar) that I downloaded. It was for GT-I9500, the same model as my phone. Everything went well, then I noticed this problem when I decided to call the Customer Service Number of my SIM, the device is telling me that my phone is Not registered on network
. Then I decided to check the IMEI and to my horror, it was replaced by this set of numbers, 004003150000, which is not my phones IMEI. Then I decided to look for answers over the internet. But before going further and going thru all the trouble of starting from scratch, an idea came to my mind. I decided to try it out before doing anything else. And whoalah! My phone's IMEA is restored! I can make calls again and connect to the net via Mobile Data again.
Anyway here is the solution that I came up with. If anyone else had tried this before then I give all the credits to him for fixing his phone.
1. Download a firmware that is intended for your phone's model number and the region where you bought your S4. Mine was bought in Saudi Arabia, so the firmware I got was for KSA. It also applies for the GT-I9505.
2. Enter Download Mode and flash this firmware via Odin on your PC. I didn't do any Wipe or Factory Reset during this time.
3. Root and install any custom Kernel or CWM Recovery on your phone if you are on this setup. Otherwise leave it as it is.