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Why don't mobile devices let you change the IMEI number for better securityanonymity?

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Why don't mobile devices let you change the IMEI number for better security?

The vast majority of modern day mobile devices have a fixed IMEI number that's impossible to change, which makes it easy to track people if they use the same device constantly. It's quite easy to swap SIM cards frequently if you wish to stay anonymous, however throwing out whole devices can quickly get too expensive.

What's the reason behind this? Why not let users randomize their IMEI number if they wish?