Similar to a fingerprint, the Electronic Serial Number, or ESN, is an identifying number linked specifically to your mobile phone. This number is required to activate a new cell phone or when filing a warranty claim. Find your BlackBerry Curve's ESN or MEID numbers by exploring a few places.
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Find the original box that held your BlackBerry Curve. Look for a sticker with a string of bar code numbers, on the top, bottom or either side of the box. The ESN or MEID number, depending on your specific wireless provider, might be preceded by the letters MEID HEX or MEID DEC.
Turn your cell phone off. Press and hold the power button for at least two seconds. Flip the phone over and remove the phone cover. Retrieve the battery from its compartment and the ESN or MEID will be located on a sticker underneath the battery's housing. Some Curve phones have the letters ESN, MEID DEC or MEID HEX. For example, the BlackBerry Curve 9330 displays the letters ESN HEX and MEID HEX.
Tap the track pad or roll the track ball to open your home menu screen. Scroll and locate the "Options" folder (on some Curve phones it may resemble a picture of a wrench). Tap "Status" to view your ESN or MEID numbers.
Tips and warnings
- The ESN or MEID can be used to help identify a stolen cell phone, even if the SIM card has been altered.
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