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How to Get Your Mobile Number from Your SIM

 

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Asking the Carrier

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    Take the card to a store that sells them. If you find an old SIM card but don’t have a phone to test it on, take it to a store that sells SIM cards from the same carrier. The staff there will usually be able to identify the number.
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    Call the carrier. If you have a working phone but don’t want to use it to activate the SIM card, look up the customer service number of the company listed on the SIM card. Almost all SIM cards have a serial number printed directly on them. Read this number aloud to the person who answers your call, and ask them for the number associated with the card.
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    Understand new SIM cards. Many carriers do not assign a phone number to the SIM card until it is activated. When you buy a brand new SIM card, it might not have any number at all. When you place it in a phone to activate it, you will be assigned a number.

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Using the SIM Card in Any Phone

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    Use your carrier’s help codes. A few service carriers have a special code you can dial or text that will display our mobile number automatically:

    • T-mobile customers can dial #NUM# (#686#).[1]
    • EE customers can text the word Number to 150.[2]
    • Vodafone customers on some devices can dial *#1001.
    • O2 customers can try texting NUMBER to 2020.[3]
    • Telstra prepaid customers can dial #150#.[4]
    • Other carriers may or may not offer this feature. Try searching online for other carrier names followed by “phone codes.” As of March 2017, this service is not available from AT&T or Verizon.[5][6]
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    Call your service carrier. Some SIM cards do not display their number inside the settings of any phone. For these cases, you may have to call the service carrier of your SIM card and ask.

    • If you are calling from a phone with the mystery SIM card, the carrier may be able to detect the number automatically. If not, have the SIM card at hand so you can read aloud the serial number.
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    Send a text message or call another phone. Use the SIM card whose number you want to know. Any phone with caller ID will detect the number of your SIM card, unless you are using a private number.

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iPhone: Connecting to iTunes

Using Phone Settings

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    Open “Settings”. Tap the gear icon app from the Springboard to open your iPhone’s device settings screen.
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    Tap “Phone”. Select “Phone” from the list of options in the Settings menu.
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    Look for “My Number”. This displays the number of the SIM card inserted in your iPhone.

On the Contacts List

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    Open your contact list. Tap the green phone icon located on your iPhone’s app dock at the bottom of the screen or anywhere from your Springboard to display your phone’s contact list.
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    Drag down from the top of the contacts list. Scroll to the top of your contacts list. Place your finger above the first contact and drag down. The phone’s contact info should appear, including the phone number for the current SIM card.[7]

Connecting to iTunes

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    Open iTunes on a computer. This method should work on both Mac and Windows computers.[8]

    • Warning: if you have not already connected your iPhone to this computer, be careful. A mistake during this method could delete the music on your phone.
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    Plug your iPhone into the computer. Every iPhone comes with a USB cable. Plug one end into your iPhone’s charging port. Plug the other end into the computer’s USB port.

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    Sign in to the iTunes Store if asked. Some users may see a popup that says “Sign in to the iTunes Store”. If you see this, enter the Apple ID you use on your iPhone.

    • Skip this step if this popup does not appear.
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    Click “Cancel” if asked to sync. Some users may see a popup that asks if you want to erase and sync the phone. If this happens, click “Cancel.” Syncing to someone else’s computer could delete all the music on your phone.

    • Skip this step if the popup does not appear.
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    Click the devices button in iTunes. The location of the button depends on your version of iTunes:[9]

    • iTunes 12: Click the small button with a picture of a phone, near the top left corner.
    • iTunes 11: Click the button that says “iPhone” near the top right corner. If you do not see it, click “Library” in the top right to exit the store. If you still do not see it, select “View” in the top drop-down menu, then “Hide Sidebar”.
    • iTunes 10 and earlier: Look in the left-hand sidebar for “Devices”. Click on the name of your device underneath that word.
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    Look for your phone number. This should be listed near the top of your iTunes window, near the image of an iPhone.

    • If you do not see a phone number, click the “Summary” button. This could be an option on the left-hand sidebar, or a tab at the top of the screen.

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Android Device

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    Access the Settings. Tap the gear icon app from the app screen to open your Android’s Device Settings menu.
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    Tap About Device or About Phone. Select “About Device” or “About Phone” from the list of options displayed inside the Settings menu. You may need to scroll down to find this option.

    • On the LG G4, you will need to tap the “General” tab first, then “About Phone.”[10]
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    Tap Status or Phone Identity. Depending on your device, one of these two menu options will lead to your phone number.[11]
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    View your number. Scroll down the Status screen and you’ll find the “My phone number” field which shows your SIM card’s number.

    • If you do not see your number, look for “SIM Status.” Tap that to view the final sub-menu where your number is displayed.[12][13]

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Windows Phone

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    Go to your contact list. Tap the “Phone” tile located on your Windows phone home screen to open your contact list.
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    View other options. Tap the three-dot icon at the lower right corner of the screen to reveal additional options.
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    Go to Settings. Select “Settings” from the options displayed to open your contact list settings.
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    View your number. Scroll along the screen and you should see your SIM card number under the “My phone number” field.
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    Try other menu layouts. Some Windows Phone devices have a slightly different menu organization:

    • LG Optimus Quantum: Menu → Settings → Applications → Phone → Look for “My Phone Number”[14]

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Blackberry Phone

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    View more apps. Swipe left across the screen to reveal more apps on your Blackberry phone.
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    Access the Settings. Tap the gear icon app from the app screen to open your Blackberry’s System Settings screen.
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    Go to Category under “About. Select “About” from the System Settings screen and tap “Category” to open a drop down list.
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    View your number. Tap “SIM Card” from the drop-down list and your SIM card mobile number should be displayed on the screen.

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iPad

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    Touch “Settings”. This is the grey gear icon.
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    Touch “About”. This is usually near the top of the list.
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    Find your SIM number. It may be labeled “Cellular Data Number”.[15]

    • iPads are not designed to make phone calls. It uses the SIM card to download data.

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