
OK, I got it, thanks to japark's excellent suggestion. I found the box, and I was able to confirm that it's the right box using ##786#, which shows a field labeled "MEID" and shows the same as the "MEID HEX" shown on the sticker.
The DEC number is an 18character numeric string (all numbers, no letters) beginning with "27". Sprint calls it the "DEC" number. For some reason, they won't activate a phone without it (at least in my experience). On the sticker, it's labeled "MEID DEC."
So now, here's my question: given the "MEID HEX" (which I now know, you can get using ##786# or ##DATA# or ##3282#), is there some formula to convert it into "MEID DEC"?
I tried punching the HEX number into my Windows calculator and convert it to DEC, but it didn't come out the same.


