Can We Track Cell Phones on Airplanes?

As the search still continues for the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 plane, the exact location of the plane is still shrouded in mystery. There are some family who try to contact their loved ones who boarded the plane by cellphone. Some said that they heard the phones ringing but there is no answer. However, as explained some of the experts, a ringing does not indicate that the phone necessarily can be contactable and traceable. So, the question that we want to raise here is that can we actually track the plane by locating their phones through the GPS technology. Based on some reports, the family of the loved ones actually requested China Mobile, China biggest telecom operator to track the phones of the passenger of the missing Malaysia Airlines.

However, based on official reports, they could not detect their phones. Please note that the technology often used in tracking phones are based on GPS technology. Even most of the apps in the market that can used to track phones utilized this technology. So, with this technology it brings the limitation in which it could not be detected once it is above 10,000 meter in the air or deep down in the ocean. And also, the telecom operators can only track the phones only if the phones are connected to their network. So, usually there is no coverage above 10,000 meters in the air. But how about the Wi-Fi provided by the plane? Can it be used to track the phones if the phones are connected to the wireless internet connection? This is possible as long as the plane did not crashed or in the deep ocean. But, normally long haul flight such as MH370 does not have Wi-Fi services onboard. This is due to the reason that the Wi-Fi services onboard still depended heavily on cellular towers on the ground. So, when the planes cross the ocean, there is no connection to the internet as there is no cell towers to be connected. However, all prayers to missing passengers of MH370 and hope they will be found safe and sound.

IMEI Check iPhone

IPhone as same as any other smartphones available in the market has its own unique IMEI number. This IMEI number is a string of numbers that are unique to every individual iPhones that was manufactured. IMEI or in the long form is the International Mobile Equipment Identity. Normally, for all smartphones available in the market, the IMEI number can easily be found behind the battery. But, since iPhone is designed so that you could not open the casing, the IMEI number of the iPhone is located behind of your iPhone and at the bottom.

Notice the small little print below the Apple logo? Located there are your printed unique IMEI number. And just in case you want to check whether the number is legit, just type this *#06# into your phone keyboard, and it will then show you a string of number representing the IMEI number of your iPhone. So, if you bought your iPhone legally, the number shown should match the number printed behind your iPhone casing. So, make sure to remember your mobile phone’s IMEI and store it someplace safe. This will prove to be useful if your mobile phone do get lost. You can immediately use this IMEI number by calling your operator and tell them that your mobile phone got stolen or lost. Another interesting thing you can do with your IMEI number is that you can use this number and check the validity of it at There you can type in your IMEI number and it will show you the status of your iPhone and show whether it is still under warranty or not. So, please be aware of your iPhone IMEI number that is printed at your iPhone so that you can use the number either to track your phone if it got stolen or to check the validity of your iPhone with Apple.