Carriers to Help Government Block Service for Stolen Phones
The nation's top four wireless network operators have agreed to work with the Federal Communications Commission to build and maintain a database of stolen cell phones IDs. The database would be used by the network operators to deny voice and data services to stolen devices registered on the list. The impetus behind the drive to create the database is to make it difficult to use stolen phones, thereby reducing the resale value of stolen phones, and ultimately curbing the theft of mobile devices. The FCC plans to have a meeting on April 9 with U.S., state, and local government officials, including the police commissioners from major cities such as New York City, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia. The goal is to protect consumers from the growing incidences of smartphone and data theft.
CTIA Issues RFP for Stolen Device Database
The CTIA is looking for companies to help it with the Mobile Device Information Portal and issued a request for proposal to that effect. The portal is to be a central tool that consumers, carriers, and law enforcement can use to ascertain whether or not phones have been reported lost or stolen.
FCC's Wheeler Lauds Phone Theft Prevention Report
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler today said the FCC Technological Advisory Council's Mobile Device Theft Prevention Working Group Report provides workable suggestions for curbing smartphone theft. Wheeler tasked the group earlier this year to investigate how best to cut down the number of phones stolen from U.S.
CTIA Says Smartphones Better Protected Against Theft
Beginning today, most smartphones sold in the U.S. will include anti-theft security tools.
Minnesota Beats California to Kill Switch Punch
Minnesota this week became the first state to require cell phone and tablet makers to build a kill switch into their devices. The idea behind the law, which doesn't go into effect until July 2015, is to eventually deter theft.
Apple Releases Tool to Check if Used iPhones Are Stolen
Apple recently published a web site that allows prospective buyers of used iPhones to check the phone's status before making a purchase. As long as the IMEI or serial number is available, users can enter the data into Apple's Activation Lock site to determine if the device was reported stolen by its rightful owner.
I'm surprised it has taken this long.
Anyway, long story short kids are still gonna steal phones and light them up as burners on prepaid. Hopefully they institute some policy that they won't just sell SIM cards to non active devices. Or unless they do it through the back end where as they will disable IMEIs associated with the blacklist. That would be pretty sweet.
Then again, I guess this won't be a problem on the CDMA carrie...
Stores will still give the same amount of cash as they do for phones with ESN's, broke or not broke.
Nothing will ...