iPhone Different IMEI number for the same phone

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by ren857, May 14, 2013.

  1. ren857, May 14, 2013
    Last edited: May 14, 2013

    ren857 macrumors member

    Oct 23, 2007
    Hello. I'm a long time lurker but I rarely post, but this has got me perplexed.

    I purchased an iPhone 5 off of eBay that had iOS 6.1 and was jailbroken. It was also unlocked (the seller was using it on Straight Talk) but it is a Sprint phone. (I removed the iPhone 5 nano app to try to activate it on Sprint).

    The "Problem" is that the IMEI number on the back of the phone and the IMEI number in the About section in the settings do not match. They are different numbers.

    I asked the seller about it and he states that the back was replaced because of scratches.

    Does this sound feasible to you? Is it possible the IMEI number could have been changed?
  2. TC25 macrumors 68020

    Mar 28, 2011
    I am sure the hardware experts will chime in, but I was always under the impression that the IMEI was burned into the hardware and cannot be changed. Also, who changed the back, the owner or Apple? If Apple, they should have a record of this.
  3. ren857 thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 23, 2007
    I don't know who changed the back.
  4. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    Yep, sounds like the back was changed.
    The internal phones IMEI of the logic board cannot be altered or changed.
  5. Demonface macrumors 6502a

    Mar 13, 2012
    Most likely the back was changed as stated by previous members.
  6. ren857 thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 23, 2007
    That makes me feel better. I just wanted to make sure that the IMEI in the phone couldn't be changed.

    Thanks everyone.
  7. Samanosuke macrumors 6502

    Mar 21, 2013
    There are ways to change the imei in the phone but that's illegal... more than likely the back was changed. You'll be fine. I wouldn't really worry about it.
  8. ren857 thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 23, 2007
    New question: Will this be an issue if the phone needs some kind of repair? From the apple store or sprint?
  9. TC25 macrumors 68020

    Mar 28, 2011
  10. canucksfan88 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 28, 2007

    The warranty will be taken off the IEMI number that is on the phone (software). It is only different (i think), because the previous owner changed the back.
  11. ren857 thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 23, 2007
    Okay. I thought that Apple would not do any repairs because they can claim that the phone was physically altered because of the different IMEI numbers.

    My power button is having issues and I thought about taking it to the Apple store. However, I don't want to lose my jailbreak. Ugh.

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