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How to Check Cell Phones Quality Using IMEI - *#06#


How to Check the IMEI Number of a Mobile?


Most probably, mobile phone is the most used device by the people throughout the whole world. Couple of years ago the use of mobile phone was very limited. But today many users have more than one or two mobile phones.

And to meet the demand, manufacturers are producing their products in different places to reduce the cost. Sometimes mobile phones are produced in China, India or any other country where production cost is relatively low. And quality is also hampered for this reason.

So, in this post I am gonna show you, how do you check your mobile phone's quality using the IMEI number
How to Find out the IMEI of a mobile

IMEI stands for International Mobile Equipment Identity. It is a 15-digit number and may be found in the packet of the mobile phone. It may also be found by removing the back cover and it may be placed on the battery sticker. 

If you lose your IME number then you can find it by typing *#06# on your mobile screen. After pressing this code, you will see a 15-digit number immediately on the screen which is called IME number.

The number might be as below: 
3 6 9 3 9 5 0 1 2 3 5 5 6 7 8

Now look at the 7th and 8th digit. These two digits will ensure your phone's quality! 

  • If the seventh and eighth digits are 00 this indicates your cell phone is manufactured in Original Factory which ensures the best quality. 
  • If the seventh and eighth digits are 01 or 10 this indicates your cell phone is manufactured in Finland which is high quality. 
  • If the seventh and eighth digits are 13 this indicates your cell phone is assembled in Azerbaijan which is too bad. And it is also dangerous for health! 
  • If the seventh and eighth digits are 02 or 20 this indicates your cell phone is assembled in Emirates which is very poor quality. (NB: Some Indian sets have this number) 
  • If the seventh and eighth digits are either 03/30 or 04/40, this indicates your phone is made in China but its quality is good. But not good either as 00, 01 or 10. 
  • If the seventh and eighth digits are 05 or 50 this indicates your cell phone is manufactured either in Brazil or USA or Finland.
  • If the seventh and eighth digits are 06 or 60 this indicates your cell phone is manufactured either in Hong Kong, or China or Mexico.
  • If the seventh and eighth digits are 08 or 80 this indicates your cell phone is manufactured in Germany which is fair quality.

Though the above information has been collected from very reliable sources, 1 or 2 of them may slightly vary. If so happen please contact us or leave a comment in the comment box. 


126 comments :

  1. mine is 05. so it write brazil, usa, or finland. is it good quality or bad?

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    1. It's relatively better. But not as good as those of from main factory. I mean 00.

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  2. 04 is for china.but its an original phone.not fake.

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    1. Be relax buddy! There are many opinions regarding 7th and 8th number. Don't think too much of it.

      If 04 is Chinese that means manufacturer is in China. China doesn't mean the set is fake. I agree with you.

      Thanks for your comment. Stay with Marks PC Solution.

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  3. i got 05 but it said maed in china

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    1. Actually there IMEI number can't 100% ensure the origin!

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  4. What about 09? I can't find that number but I looked on another website and typed in the entire imei number an they said it was legit so what is it then? - thank you!

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    1. You're most welcome.

      But I'm really sorry mam. Because I'm still looking for 09. I searched other sites. But can't find it's explanation. Maybe it is a new number. Whenever I got any clue I will update this topic.

      Stay with us.

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    1. We're trying to know about 09. But still unknown. Whenever we get any information it will be included in this post.

      Thanks for staying with Marks PC Solution.

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  6. 13 is dangerous!for radiation or what?

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    1. It could be in terms of overall consideration. Radiation, device quality or heat while talking whatever.

      Thanks for the comment.

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    1. 05 or 50 indicates either USA or Brazil or Finland.

      No information found about 09. It could be fake IMEI too! Not sure.

      Thanks for asking . . .

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  8. How about 83...my seller said it came from korea and converted to local(philippines)... is it true?or is it really china phone...thanx

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    1. Actually I've never heard of 83. :)

      Most of the cell phone manufacturer now produces their phones in china due to low labour cost. And I can't say anything about the IMEI - whether fake or genuine. If any update is available I will update the post.

      Thanks for contacting us.

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  9. Gud day!!! If u dial *#06# d IMEi is 83 d 7th & 8 th...but if u gonna open d back cover of the phone the 7th & 8th number of the imei is 05..but it came from korea they sed...

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    1. Something is wrong with your IMEI number! As there is mismatch between the phone imei and back cover imei.

      I don't know about 83. It might be a fake number too!

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  10. My IMEI number is 05 is that made in china?

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    1. I mentioned earlier that this issue is somewhat controversial. Some people disagree with these number. And some of them never believe this concept at all.

      But I believe this. And as per this article 05 indicates Brazil/ USA/ Finland.
      Thanks for contacting us.

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  11. what is china phone ? 04 original or fake ...how to find duplicate phones?

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    1. 04 is Chinese origin. However this is really tough for someone it he is trapped by the bad seller. This is really hard to find duplicate phones.

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  12. 357512/05/091270/1* this my imei number..what is the country

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    1. Maybe Brazil or USA or Finland. Check your packet. Information varies sometimes.

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  13. nokia lumia 620 imei 7th&8th digit is 05 made in china

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    1. This is a serious controversial issue! Information varies site to site!

      But as per my post, 05 should be from Brazil, USA or Finland.

      Thanks for the comment. Stay with us . . .

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  15. can we check the quality of an Andoid Phone by its IMEI?

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  16. my galaxy s2 is 04 ,,which country ???
    and korean made which number

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  17. If it is 35
    My Karbonn s5 Seventh and eight letter is 35. How
    It ccheck

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  18. my phone's 7th and 8th are 0,4.. But is has indicated that " Made in Vietnam by Samsung". According to u, it's Brazil, USA or Finland. Is it correct?

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    1. To be honest, this is a very complicated issue.

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  19. That is better take to service centre or manufacturer and request for more specific details. Don't you agreed?

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  20. my 7th and 8this 05 and phone says made in china...nokia. what quality is that?

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  22. MY MOBILE HAS DUAL SIM WITH NUMBERS 02 AND 07 FOR SIM 1 and sim2 . what does this mean

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    1. Normally 7th and 8th digis are same for same mobile. Don't know why your number varies!

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  23. Thanks for this posting. My new S4 is in good quality (03)

    Q.Words under the bar-codes say it has made in Korea but 03 says it is in china what can be the reason for this ? is that possible

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    1. IMEI issue is getting complicated. Most of the phone companies have their factories in China. So . . .

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  24. thnx for the info..i got a new sony xperia ..the 7th and 8th numbers in the imei are 0 and 5 respectivly..now i know it s manufactured in brazil or usa...but it written made in china at the bottom of my phone..pls reply

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    1. Almost all phones sticker says it is made in china. Don't know why IMEI contradicts!

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  25. HI MY 7TH AND 8TH DIGITS ARE 75 WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
    I HAVE ALSO SEEN MY FRIENDS NUMBERS WITH 25?
    WHAT DOES IT SAY?

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  26. Don't know why but today's phones are coming with new IMEI. Even there is a possibility of getting invalid or wrong IMEI number. 25, 75, 90, 91 these IMEI are totally new.

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  27. Thank you, good one... and what about iPhone 5 IMEI 7th 8th are 85 is it wrong? pls rply...

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    1. I have no information about 85. But as I know, most of the companies including Apple have their factory in China.

      I mean your phone could be from China too. But Apple will ensure the quality. So don't worry. Make sure you got your warranty card and purchased your phone from authorized dealer.

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  28. Mine is 3595540435627/00 what country my samsung note made is and what thus the 00 mean?

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  29. whats up funny statement u guys tell about the emie ha ha ha ha,,,,,i bought a 50 dollors for a china phone,,,,,what a suprise is the 7th and 8th digit was ""00""
    u guys dnt trust him

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  30. Hi, thanks for the information.
    but i would like to know is that IMEI code can determine weather the phone is Original or not?

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    1. I think so. But information differs and may be confusing sometimes.

      Thanks for contacting us.

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  31. I wanna believe this as my 7th and 8th digits are 00.
    Feel happy. Thanks...

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  32. Hi my 7th and 8th digit are 14. could you please tell me, whether its a fake samsung phone or which country its made from

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    1. Don't know actually. Further research is needed. It could be new number too.

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  33. i have a Nokia e5 phone.which is not original Nokia, may be fake Chinese Nokia, but it is 01. how this phone can be high quality ?can u explain?

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    1. I always say, this is a very contradictory issue.

      But how can you ensure that your phone is either Chinese or fake? It couldn't be! Or it might be a fake IMEI number too.

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  34. What if the 7th and 8th IMEI is 24?

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  35. after the 15 number my one has"01" what is that meaning?

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  36. I have no school and no collage,so i really don't know a bout mobile phone 20 pcs over mobile phone i buy use already but when i buy 1pcs phone i feel sad ,because my money is gone,they are lie to me they sale fake mobile phone i think 99% phones sale in malaysia but now i feel so happy thanks.

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  37. HI BUDDIES .. THE 7th and 8th digit is 0 and 5 , but it says made in vietnam .I'AM FROM INDIA. Also at the end of the IMEI number /01 is coming . PLZ help

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    1. This is really a controversial issue. Information doesn't match all the time.

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  38. can you kindly find out for us what does " /01 " represents

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    1. I can try but not sure :(

      By the way, never worry about it.

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  39. i checked imei no. of many friends, neibours and colleague's mobiles, 19 phones in total, all with 05 and most of them new samsung models, 2012-2013 made in vietnam !!!!!! 05
    no one made in finland brazil usa !!!

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  40. i have Galaxy S2. GT-I9100
    it shows the 354912059278737as emei. (05). OS is not at all good by compared to other S2.Mobile softwares technicians cant upgrade or change OS & they say that your mobile is fake & some are said that this is not samsung also. While checking camera, Resolution is not mentioned in camera settings.Device is weightless also.
    is it true? can u help me...PLZ....



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  41. in my Samsung mobile, they mention on sticker made in Vietnam. but ime number 7th and 8th is showing 63. so pls I want to know 63 representing what. pls give me a replay.thank you.

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    1. Come on buddy . . . I said this is a very controversial issue. So better, without thinking about this, keep enjoying your phone. :)

      This rumor has no longer any true base! Now it's used just for fun!!!

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  42. My one is 05. On the box it is said made in Korea for UK market. But the retailer told me it was made/Assembled in Singapore for Korea market. (I only realized the conflict after I received the phone and box. But I guess made in Korea is more accurately? But this article says it was made in Brazil or US or Finland? I think it was made in Korea or Singapore more likely.

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  43. My one is 05, but the quality I believe is good. As initially it is said made in Singapore for Korean market. I don't think its in USA, or Finland, or Brazile. As they were purchased from Singapore

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    1. Well your anticipation is good. But what do your sticker say?

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  44. MY one is 05...Phone- Samsung S Duos
    any idea about quality?

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    1. Good quality as per IMEI. Now depend on your luck :)

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  45. my imei number is 358323041944590.plz give me detail.plz.

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    1. According to this post, 04 indicates China. Don't know the fact. Cell phone manufacturers try to discourage you to find the quality by IMEI. So that you buy all of their products I think.

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  46. Hi buddy thanks to u. Mine is 05.
    .your best answer?

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  47. I know one country blocking clones to access internet through 3G. How can they manage to block the phones, while keeping them open to make normal calls? Are they using the IMEI number?

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    1. Maybe not. Govt. can control the network access in different ways. I'm not sure actually . . .

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    2. Domain names are centrally registered. IMEI are not regulated as far as I know. I know of even ways to spoof the IMEI numbers.

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  48. how to check korean cell phone through IEMI no ?

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  49. what's about 24 bro.................

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  50. hi , good morning. i buy samsung s4 mini. it's imei 7th & 8th digits are shows 05. made in is vietnam. is it correct. my phone is good r not ? thank u.

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    1. Nothing to worry about. IMEI information varies. Due to their privacy, cell phone companies no longer reveal actual information in IMEI number. Otherwise you will check the country of origin before purchasing a phone.

      So they intentionally alter the information. You should make sure that you will get the replacement if something goes wrong with your device.

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    2. they given me 2 years warranty.

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  51. I have an Iphone with IMEI number 013883001526700 is it original or fake

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    1. 00 indicates your phone is made from original factory . . .

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  52. got Samsung Grand Duo I just want to know if its original or not.. Good quality or Bad.. My IMEI number the 7th and 8th digits are... 11 ... Please help.. thanks

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  53. my 7th & 8th nums are 05 but it made in china.
    imei.org show it as htc mobile but it is lg.??????

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    1. Don't think much about it. Just make sure you have warranty. If something happens, manufacturer will replace you the set.
      Once IMEI number was used to check the quality. But now it's just a funny thing. Mobile manufacturer hides the information.

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  54. i have to buy samsung galaxy s2,second hand set in very good codition imei no z 04.can u guide me about its price?

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    1. Actually don't have enough idea. But while determining the price you should consider-
      1. For how much time, it has been used.
      2. Whether warranty period available or not.
      3. Is there any guarantee by the seller (if something happens to your set).

      And try to pursue the seller, old is always old. You can't get the price of a new set. Try to get this at half price.

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    2. thaks alot.plz tell me price of pin pack of above mentined set

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    3. kindly gimme reply i know price of pin pack of s2 but just wanted to know its price aftr reading your post.if s2 with imei no 04 is made in china then it has same price as orignal?plz make me clear

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    4. So far I know, price is not same. But not so different. Price depends on from which country you're purchasing. Little bit different. S2 made in china doesn't mean that it's not original. Actually Apple, Samsung every company has factories in china. Those phones are original too.

      You just make sure that the person purchased the phone from Samsung dealer. And ask what is the purchase price? If purchase price is $ 800, you will pay him at best $ 400 or $450. Not more that that.

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  55. i hope to buy a new samsung galaxy s2 international. then what nuber must be shown for the 7 th and 8th digits for it's EMI NUMBER?

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    1. Nobody ask this question before! :)
      Anyway, most of the cell phones are manufactured in china. But don't worry, Samsung will maintain the quality for sure . . .

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    1. I don't know :)
      Make sure you got warranty at least for one year.

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  57. hai i purchased a samsung galaxy young 6310 wheniti on that time its showing a loggo of TIM is it duplicate or not??

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    1. No buddy. Samsung and TIM might have a link. Search Google to be sure.

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  58. how about 29 bro at 7th and 8th digit .

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    1. I've no record buddy :(
      Don't worry about IMEI. 7th and 8th digits don't matter much.

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  59. How bout 64? Anyway, does this really affect the originality of the device?

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    1. It's not much important any longer. Just make sure you've purchased from a good dealer with certain warranty service.

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  60. wher is clone ore fake after type *#06#not show anythink

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  61. if copnay so sell phone give you 3 maouth warraty is clone

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  62. MY imei phone is 06 what this mean??

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  63. its 05 at 7th and 8th position...and made in malaysia is printed on the box....

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  64. Galaxy s3 7th 8th 06 is it orginal?

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    1. Samsung has their factory on China. So it it's made on China, don't think it's fake. It's original. You have to make sure you purcahsed from right seller with warranty.

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  65. Samsung galaxy S3 made in viatnam7th 8th 06 is it orginal?

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    1. Hope you have got the answer in my previous comment.

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