Does the Fairphone support IMEI changes? I haven’t seen anything supporting it apart from old posts showing a method 6+ years old.
Just how a user may want to spoof their Wi-Fi MAC address to avoid tracking, a user should be able to do this when connecting to their cellular network to defeat stingrays/cell tower tracking. At this time, only the United Kingdom has regulation against modifying a device’s IMEI. Contrary to popular disinformation, the United States does not have any active law prohibiting this.
I understand that an IMEI change is not a “silver bullet” solution, as the fairphone has several identifiers on components that identify the device. Just as how you can reach support with this information and find your IMEI to make a blacklist report. (Although I question how effective this in-house IMEI database linked to customer sales data is.)
I understand the trade-offs when using a device with a changed IMEI (unable to blacklist, if stolen cannot be located by cell provider), but as with any power user feature, is nothing different.
Looking forward to hearing the community’s thoughts