What does IMEI stand for?


IMEI is an acronym that stands for International Mobile Equipment Identity, a unique number assigned to every mobile phone (including smartphones). When a device is reported stolen, its IMEI number is marked invalid.

The length of the IMEI number varies between 14 digits for older devices and CDMA iPhones, 15 digits for other Apple iPhones and 16 digits for most newer devices, followed by a check digit of the entire model number or 0. Regardless of the make and model, however, every IMEI number includes a type approval code (TAC) string, a manufacturer identification number, a country code and the serial number of the phone.

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