Apparently, I am unable to use deviceID or permanentID as written in the API to receive any consistent value. Let me explain.
If all you do is record the deviceID or permanentID as written in the API, then uninstall and reinstall your App, the Corona API will NOT always give the same values. It only gives the same value after it is installed.
A reinstall or a power-down or a reset all result new values - inconsistent from previous system.info ("deviceID") or device.event for permanentID as written in the Corona API.
Because my game tracks important metrics from game data progress (to know where gamers get stuck) and scores on my server, I must have a consistent and never changing value to recognize a device - and this value must be consistent and never change from one install to the next, or from one game update to the next.