General smartphone question. IMEI / Language

Hello.

I am interested to buy a smartphone from another country, some people told me to make sure about the IMEI and the language.

So here are my three simple questions.

1)What should i look for on the IMEI ? Some told me to see if the device IMEI is equal with the one on the box ? I am quite unsure what i can understand from the IMEI number.

2)Furthermore what is about the language. I mean if i order the phone from Germany, does this mean that i will not be able to use it in another language ? e.g. English ?

3)When talking about an unlocked phone, i understand that it can be used with any carrier. Fine. But on several websites i see the same phone on the same store with 2-3 different variants, meaning Mobile-A by T-online, by Vodafone etc. What difference does it make ? Should i go for one that is carrier-free (or however we can call this) ?

Thank you.

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