What do you mean wrong hands.. I own a phone (CDMA) and myself dont know how to get its IMEI no. That no. I might require if I lose my phone and I have to diable its further use. Where should I post then?
Leo, I think RCK was worried because of other codes floating around, that allow users to reprogram their phones, and of course with potential damages. If you just want to know your IMEI, look in the box, or sometimes there's a sticker in the battery compartment with a serial number and IMEI.
Note that on CDMA handsets, the IMEI is actually referred to by the term 'ESN' (electronic serial number). It can be displayed in two forms - decimal or hexidecimal. Either way, it amounts to the same thing.