Whenever you think about SIM unlocking a Sony phone or buying a refurbished Sony Xperia, a Sony IMEI Check Tool should be always your first move.
About Sony Mobile
On October 1, 2001, Sony and Ericsson joined forces and created the Sony Mobile Communications Inc. in Japan. This multinational telecommunications company-colossus started as Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications, until February 16, 2012, when Sony acquired Ericsson completely.
In 2012, Sony Mobile was the fourth-largest smartphone manufacturer and in 2014, Sony sold 40 million cell phones. Since then many things have changed and Sony isn’t the Telecoms giant it used to be.
In 2017, Sony mobile sold only 13,5 phone devices and 2018 forecast is set around 10 million. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sony_Mobile)
Best Sony phones 2018
Despite Sony Mobile continuously losing power, they never fail to provide us with high-quality products like:
- Sony Xperia XZ2, 2018
- Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact, 2018
- Sony Xperia XA2, 2018
- Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra, 2018
- Sony Xperia XZ Premium, 2017
- Sony Xperia XZ1, 2017
- Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact, 2017
- Sony Xperia XA1, 2017
- Sony Xperia L1, 2017
- Sony Xperia XZ, 2016
- Sony Xperia X, 2016
- Sony Xperia E5, 2016
- Sony Xperia Z5 Compact, 2015
- Sony Xperia Z5 Premium, 2015
Sony IMEI Check Guide
Second-hand or new, a Sony Xperia should be checked before purchasing or network unlocking.
What does Sony IMEI Check mean?
A verified Sony IMEI Check Tool will use the IMEI number of a Sony Xperia to instantly get you the necessary IMEI info.
Finding the identification number of your Sony device
- Just dial *#06#
- or go to Settings > About phone > Status > IMEI information
- You can also find the IMEI number by detaching the cover of the micro SIM card slot
What does a full Sony IMEI Check Report include?
- Sony SIM Lock Status
- Locking Wireless Network Identification
- Sony Blacklist Status
- Contract Status
- Financial Balance Status
- Sony Warranty Status
- Google Smart Lock Status
- Replaced IMEI Status
- Replaced Serial Number Status
- Sony phone specifications
The importance of Sony IMEI Check info
All the IMEI data above is crucial and I tell you why.
- When you can’t use your SIM card it doesn’t always mean that your Sony Xperia is SIM Locked
- You won’t be able to Carrier Unlock your Sony Android phone if you don’t know which Cellular Network locked it
- A Blacklisted Sony handset won’t be functional inside the country it was blacklisted even if you manage to SIM Unlock it. The only way to do so is to unblacklist it.
- If a Sony Mobile remains under contract or Warranty (or both) then the original owner can still blacklist this phone (repost it as lost or stolen, stop paying his monthly bills or ask for a replacement)
- Google Smart Lock is something like an iCloud Lock for iPhone.. but for Android phone devices
- An illegal IMEI number or Serial number replacement (there is an illegitimate Android SIM Unlock Method based on it) will blacklist the phone
- It is awesome when you can remotely check a used Sony smartphone’s specs
Before you buy a second-hand Sony Xperia
Refurbished Cell Phone Market is filled with fake or problematic phones. It’s impossible for someone to find whether a used phone he is buying
- is SIM locked or not
- is Blacklisted or not
- is original or not
- has other issues that can void any SIM Unlock request or even relock the Sony Smartphone after a while.
Before you SIM unlock a Sony Xperia
Refurbished or new, every Mobile Network has it’s own Carrier Unlock policy and SIM Unlock procedures. Telecoms Networks third-party Network Unlock providers require the Sony IMEI Check info but most importantly, without an IMEI lookup, you won’t be able to tell if your Sony phone is eligible for SIM Unlocking, which are the exact issues and what Carrier unlock services to use.
How to get a Sony IMEI Check Service
Don’t get carried away by Free IMEI Checkers. None of them has access to GSM servers but instead, they rely their IMEI info results on private databases which are inaccurate and outdated.
Leave a comment below with your questions and thoughts on the matter. Until next time, take care!