[Q] Potentially Lost IMEI / Brick
My phone will not recognize Verizon as its carrier or connect to a cellular network in any way. Settings > About Phone > Status > IMEI reads "0." I have, in some capacity, "lost" my IMEI.
I understand their are a lot of threads on this topic, however, I (unfortunately and ignorantly) have done a number of things after the actual losing of my IMEI and I am not sure the current state of my device or if a backup of my IMEI exists anywhere.
First my story. I successfully managed to get one of the early nightly builds of CM10.2 running on my phone and all was well. After updating to a more recent nightly via the CM updater, I noticed I had lost cell service in all capacity. Confused, I decided to not take any chances and revert to a CWM full backup I had made while still running CM10.1 stable. Still nothing. At this point, I thought that something was wrong with my firmware, and so I flashed a zip containing the latest Verizon firmware successfully (same that was installed previously). Nothing.
Not really understanding that one could lose their IMEI or the potentially signs of such loss, I decided to go all the way to stock via odin. The image did unlock the boot loader and grant SU, but did not wipe user data. Thinking it would help, I wiped data/factory reset within the stock recovery and then reflashed the image. Of course, still nothing. This is my current situation.
So my question is this: do I have any hope of recovering or "injecting" my IMEI? From my understanding, the Samsung mechanism designed to backup the IMEI in these such instances is broken. In fact, it probably "restored" it to a bogus null value. I think this means that I now have no IMEI information on my device. If so, does this mean I can manually inject it somehow? I have tried methods that purport to build the files on a pc and then move them to the device but I cannot access any of the Qualcom menu's that necessarily put the phone in a certain USB mode via the phone dialer. I get "no mobile network available."
Also: I still have my CM10.1 full CWM backup from before I lost my IMEI. If this backup contains the information needed to restore my IMEI, is their any way I can retrieve it? I think this is my best shot, but I'm not sure.
I would like to know if my new phone is a paperweight, since I am still within the 14 day return period. If I have indeed bricked my phone, there is a slim change that I can reset everything back to stock and play dumb with Verizon to get an exchange.
I apologize for the ambiguous vocabulary and/or description. I have a good working knowledge of most of the stuff on xda, but a lot of the language used in forums regarding IMEI restoration is foreign to me.
Thanks in advance for any help!