Anonymous asked in Consumer ElectronicsCell Phones & Plans · 1 month ago

if I bought a cell phone from Target, exactly  like one at Cricket phones, could Cricket tell the difference?

2 Answers

  • 1 month ago
    Favorite Answer

    Yes.  They can easily check serial numbers and find out who was the retailer.

  • 1 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. 

Still have questions? Get your answers by asking now.