if I bought a cell phone from Target, exactly like one at Cricket phones, could Cricket tell the difference?
- regeruggedLv 71 month agoFavorite Answer
Yes. They can easily check serial numbers and find out who was the retailer.
- BlkBearLv 71 month ago
Yup, the phone you got from Cricket, had its own serial number and IMEI.
So, if you broke the original and tried to say the replacement was the same phone. As soon as you connected to their network, with your sim card, the phone reports it's serial number and IMEI to the cell tower.
This tells them (the carrier), where the phone is, while it is powered on, as well as when a call or text is sent, while moving between towers.