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On the LeadBolt opt page you can specify your IMEI number in order to opt out from their service:

The IMEI/MEID is a number, usually unique, to identify GSM, WCDMA, and iDEN mobile phones, as well as some satellite phones. It allows us to identify your device and ensure you are opted out from our services. Importantly, the IMEI/MEID is only used for identifying the device and has no permanent or semi-permanent relation to you as the subscriber protecting your privacy.

Is this safe? Would let me enjoy Android apps without annoying and invasive ads?

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If your device is rooted, use Permission Fix to give fake IMEI to the app. And, this works for ads opt-out too. – Evil Angel Oct 14 '12 at 3:38

I can't tell if LeadBolt does as promissed, but I see no harm in giving somebody your IMEI. At least if you don't use services that do authentication with your IMEI (never heard of one).

But you should wait a little, maybe there is a objection regarding my statement.

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An app developer has given me that link. I wrote to him because of the many ads in his application. Anyways thanks for you answer... – user34295 Oct 13 '12 at 13:40
It's dangerous to give other people your IMEI, it can be used to login into services like WhatsApp! – silent_cookie Nov 4 '12 at 20:56
Can you provide a reference for that claim? IMO WhatsApp authenticities with the Phone Number of the active SIM card and not the IMEI, although I am not 100% sure. – Flow Nov 5 '12 at 8:04

If you don't mind rooting your device then your best option to avoid all adds would be to use Adaway. It'll bock all ads on your device by modifiying your hosts file and is perfectly safe to use. I've been using it for over a year now.

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Unfortunately, it appears that this somewhat reprehensable company infecting peoples tablets,phones, etc., with this rogue app leadbolt can add dishonest to their profile. What appears to happen is that various apps carry this infection along with it. If your unfortunate to download one of these apps, leadbolt rides its coat tails. Try getting rid of it. I contacted the company, they gave me an app to run. When you run it, it offers you the choice to "Opt Out" from leadbolt. I ran it, it told me I was successful in opting out and I thought that would be the end, however, I didn't delete the app. About a week later, I ran the app again and sure enough, it told me I could now opt out. This program does NOTHING! As far as I can tell, I have yet found anyone or anything to get rid of this curse on my tablet!

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Ranty answer - feeling better now!? – t0mm13b May 26 '13 at 22:33

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