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Who provides IMEI codes?

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The International Mobile Station Equipment Identity number is a number given by mobile phone manufacturers to identify a particular phone and allow it to connect to a GSM network. The IMEI number is known as a device identifier and is primarily used by manufacturers.

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The IMEI number is similar to a MEID number used for devices that run CDMA technology. Among major carriers, GSM technology is used by AT&T and T-Mobile, while CDMA is used by Verizon, Sprint and US Cellular, as of 2015. A phone with a bad IMEI or MEID number is typically unable to connect to a network.

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