Perhaps the best part of TalkForGood no-contract, pay-for-what-you-use plans is the ability to keep your current cell phone. In order to link the cell phone you would like to use to your account with us, though, you need to know how to find your MEID (mobile equipment identifier) or ESN (electronic serial number). You can find the MEID or ESN in a few different ways, depending upon your phone.
What is the ESN or MEID?
Before you start looking for ESN or MEID a couple of quick things to help make sure you get the RIGHT identifier.
- ESN and MEID come in decimal (DEC) and hexadecimal (HEX) forms. You want the HEX form. You’ll know it’s the HEX form because it’s 11 or 14 characters long and is a combination of letters and numbers. Here is an example of a HEX MEID A1000017E9435F.
- Some newer phones may have an MEID made up of only numbers. These usually begin with “99″. This is ok.
- You can verify your ESN or MEID by visiting the Swappa ESN validator.
From Your Keypad
If you have a smart phone of any kind, start your MEID search by dialing -
Enter this in your phone key pad *#06#
Most smart phones display the MEID number at this prompt. Write the number down, so you don’t have to worry about the screen going off as you enter the number into the service form on our website or give the number to one of our customer service representatives.
On the Phone
It’s rare, but a few phones make the MEID impossible to miss. Start a physical MEID search by turning your cell phone over and looking for a barcode on the back. If you do see a code, you’ll likely find the MEID right above it.
With the Battery
If you didn’t find a barcode on the back of the phone, don’t panic. Most equipment identifiers are hidden inside the battery compartment. For your next trick, open the battery door and look for the barcode on top of the battery. If it’s there, look above it for the phone ID. If it isn’t there, pop out the battery and check the space beneath it for a barcode and then the back of the battery.
If you don’t find the MEID or ESN of your cellphone in any of these locations, then it’s a good time to worry. It’s possible your phone doesn’t exist.