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I changing your IMEI number legal?

Discussion in 'GENERAL Wireless Discussion' started by Toasty, Mar 17, 2011.

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  1. Toasty

    Toasty New Member

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    I've been doing some research around the internet on this subject with mixed conclusions. From what I've gathered (and I could be wrong), changing your IMEI number in Europe is illegal as many carriers over there use IMEI blacklisting to ban stolen phones from networks.

    However, apparently no carriers in the US do this, and because of that, it's not illegal to change your IMEI number.

    AT&T polls your phone for it's IMEI number to identify what phone you're using, and this can be used to force you into a data plan if you decide to put your SIM card into a smartphone. This next part I'm not sure of, but it seems they do this by implementing a bit of software on the SIM cards which will report the device's IMEI number to AT&T.

    Now I know there are apps for the iPhone that can be used to change it's IMEI number, and apparently they're perfectly legal (correct me if I'm wrong).

    So, my question is, is it illegal to change the IMEI number of a phone, and if not, is there software to do that for Android phones?
  2. Jay2TheRescue

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    I do believe that changing the IMEI is illegal here in the states as well. Even if it wasn't, discussion of changing a phone's IMEI is prohibited on these forums.
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