If in the phone is no SIM card, connection to cell towers is at my own behest. But what about the opposite way, can the local base stations search for a specific phone through its IMEI? Question extracted from this comment by yasserbn
Clarification: The phone does not have a SIM card and does not initiate any emergency calls. Can the base station find such phone by IMEI, say, by pinging it or otherwise tricking in to connect?
Answers at 1 only establish, that tracking is possible through emergency calls or internet connection. Can a smartphone be accessed only by knowing its IMEI? deals only with remote file access