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[Q] IMEI number. Safe to give it out?

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Default [Q] IMEI number. Safe to give it out?

This is a long-standing discussion amongst me and my friends that never seems to get anywhere!
Is it safe in the UK, to give someone your IMEI number when you're trying to sell a phone. Personally, I always thought that it would be really useful because you could check to see if it's been stolen / lost etc but others say that it could be cloned and land you in a lot of trouble with huge network charges etc.
Surely the sim card is the thing that you need to protect as you can use it in any phone with any IMEI..

Can someone offer any expert advice?
(Last edited by NomadSpin; 20th November 2012 at 09:14 AM.)
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Ive read it said to never give out imei for all the reasons you stated and maybe more.
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Well I'm no expert but what's important about deciding on whether or not to give out your IMEI is to find out exactly what it is going to be used for.

For example a closed beta application may be coded to only work on specific IMEI numbers.

As a general rule I'd say find out what it's needed for, give it to trusted people only and keep it out of public viewing.
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