What is an IMSI?
The IMSI (International Mobile Subscriber Identity) is a unique 15-digit code used to identify an individualuser on a GSM network.The IMSI consists of three components:
Mobile Country Code (MCC)
Mobile Network Code (MNC)
Mobile Subscriber Identity Number (MSIN)The IMSI is stored in the Subscriber Identity Module (SIM).
What is an IMEI?
The IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) is a unique 15 or 17 digit code used to identify anindividual mobile station to a GSM or UMTS network. The IMEI number facilitates an important function; iteasily identifies a mobile phone being used on a GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) network.The IMEI is a useful tool to stop a phone that is stolen from accessing a network and being used. Mobilephone owners that have their phones stolen can contact their mobile network provider and ask them to banor shut off a phone using its IMEI number. With an IMEI number, the phone can be banned from the networkquickly and easily. It is important to note that swapping a SIM card will not stop a phone from being banned.An IMEI device is only used to identify the device and does not usually relate to a specific individual or organization. Other numbers such as ESN (Electronic Serial Numbers) and MEID (Mobile EquipmentIdentifiers) can link an individual to a phone. Usually, an IMSI number stored on a SIM card can identify thesubscriber on a network.There are a few ways in which you can locate your mobile phone's IMEI number, it can usually be found onthe handset, beneath the battery, sometimes printed on a small white label. Another way to easily locateyour IMEI phone is to dial the following sequence of numbers into the handset: *#06#. If you have a SonyEricsson mobile phone, you can retrieve the IMEI by pressing the following key sequence: right,*, left, left,*,left, *, left.
The Structure of an IMEI Number
IMEI numbers either come in a 15 digit or 17 digit sequences of numbers. These numbers can identify ahandset. Currently the format of the IMEI is AA-BBBBBB-CCCCCC-D.
These two digits are for the Reporting Body Identifier, indicating the GSMA approved group thatallocated the TAC (Type Allocation Code).
BBBBBB- The Remainder of the TAC
CCCCCC- Serial Sequence of the Model
D- Luhn Check Digit of the entire model or 0 (This is an algorithm that validates the ID number)
What are the components of a GSM network?