Know your CID around update time

So, what is a CID really? Will try to explain that a bit deeper here.

This is only for HTC phones btw.

CID or Carrier ID, sometimes you can read it as Country ID as well (or Consumer ID etc). It’s simply an ID that tells you just what country/region/region your phone is intended for and where it will get updates from. That’s the important part.

Important? how is that important? Doesn’t all HTC phones get their updates directly from HTC regardless where and on what network/carrier?

Simply: No, this is where the CID comes into play. A regular unlocked/unbranded HTC phone got a CID that starts with HTC__XXX where you have different codes. Like Y13 that means Nordic countries, Sweden/Denmark/Norway etc. Those phones gets their updates straight from HTC. If you got a network/carrier phone with a CID that differs from the regular HTC__ moniker, your update comes on behalf of that network/carrier. Either directly from the carrier/network or helped a bit by HTC.

American carrier phones are “special” when it comes to updates as the carriers can and WILL limit where just where you get updates. Say that you’ve got a phone with the CID CWS_001, this means that you’ve got an American AT&T version of it. Which if you care about updates and live in Europe/Asia/Africa/etc should just avoid, since updates comes from AT&T. Some carriers can post the update as a file on their help pages, but it’s far from common and doesn’t happen with every phone as well.  Even European networks can and will limit just where the updates are being sent out.

So, ALWAYS know what you get. Demand to know just where the phone comes from.

So, how do I find my CID?

I’ve “always” used CID Getter for this, but I recently found Simple CID Getter which does the same but also shows you for what country/region/network. Which is a very good thing. Some CID’s aren’t properly identified by the app though. LIke HTC__039 that should be Australia.

  • Hello there.

    I’m the developer of “Simple CID Getter”.
    I’m glad you like my app.

    I will fix the bug you mentioned.

    Is there any other CID which doesn’t get identified properly?


    • Yeah, I like it and I recommend your app where there is a need to know the CID. I think that there where a couple of CID’s where the app reported “unknown” Some american carriers I think, I’ve asked that on my fb page in case anyone finds more

      • Thanks.

        I released a small update yesterday. It adds the HTC__039 cid as HTC-Australia.

        Maybe we can find some more.

    • Ben Same

      Hi Andreas. Here’s one more for you…

      • Thank you.
        Is „Asian-Europe“ fine?

        It seems this is a seldom cid.

        • Ben Same

          Thank you. Was getting feedback from the HTC Facebook Fan page but no one was certain (or right). I can have peace of mind now. 🙂

          • I just pushed an update. It should show up for you in some hours. 🙂