While the numbers are similar, they are different numbers.

Your MEID is most commonly used with CDMA carriers. The IMEI are used on GSM carriers.



An International Mobile Station Equipment Identity (IMEI) number is a 15-digit number which is different with every smartphone. It is a way to uniquely identify a specific iPhone or Android, even yours.



MEID is a unique 14-digit number that is a unique identifier of a specific cell phone. For easy remembering, a phone’s MEID number is a phone’s IMEI number minus the last digit if it has both. Any phones that use the CDMA system and have Sprint, Verizon, or U.S. Cellular cellular plans have an MEID number.


So, now that you know what IMEI and MEID is, what’s the difference?

  • All phones don’t always have both an IMEI or MEID number. An IMEI number is always on GSM system devices that use AT&T and T-Mobile carrier. A MEID number is always on CDMA system devices that use Verizon, U.S. Cellular, or Sprint carriers.
  • IMEI is a 14-digit number while MEID is a 15-digit number.
  • The location of an IMEI and MEID number will differ depending on the phone type and manufacturer.