This won't do much
They can blacklist the IMEI, but then the thieves just have to plug it in and change the IMEI. And no Mr. Schumer, the thieves don't give a hoot if it is "illegal" to change the IMEI on a phone they stole.
The only real way to get this done is with a constantly changing authentication key. Like a subdermal biometric implant that transmits data to / from the phone that would be required for each and every use of the device. Other methods will fail, unl...
The average phone thief does not know how to do this. In fact, the average phone thief probably isn't educated beyond high school.
They're trying to curb petty criminals - not go again some mega-phone syndicate that cracks phones by the thousand...
I don't quite follow the logic.
The laws against theft - or murder, for that matter - don't "stop" anyone from committing those crimes if they're intent on doing so. Should we get rid of those laws?
That's not the point. The point is to give law...