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What does IMEI stand for?

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IMEI is an acronym for International Mobile Equipment Identity. The IMEI number found on most cell phones helps to identify the phone's origin, serial number and model.

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The IMEI number is a 14-digit number that is unique to each device. It is often used to identify a particular device on a network, and it gives cell phone carriers the option of blocking a lost or stolen phone.

On most phones, the IMEI number can be found in the battery compartment. Cell phone owners can retrieve the IMEI number by calling #06# if they are unable to remove the phone battery. iPhones owners can find the IMEI number under the Settings section, then by selecting the General and About links.

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