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AT&T to Block Stolen Phones Starting This Week

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Jul 9, 2012, 3:26 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @zeman_e

AT&T today confirmed that it plans to officially launch an initiative first announced earlier this year that will prevent stolen cell phones from working on its network. AT&T will open and maintain a database of stolen cell phones, partly in conjunction with the Federal Communications Commission. Using the database, AT&T will block devices reported as stolen from being reactivated on its network. Eventually, it will work with other carriers to block stolen devices. "As announced in April, AT&T is creating a stolen phone database to prevent devices reported stolen from accessing wireless networks," said AT&T spokesperson Mark Siegel in a statement sent to the New York Times. "We will install this availability for AT&T phones on our network and are working toward a cross-carrier solution later this year."

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Haggard

Jul 9, 2012, 3:41 PM

shocked

they never had this before..but with all those stolen iPhones and people setting up service with AT&T after that, I kind of see how long it took them that long to implement this.

Entirely kidding though, but still shocked it took them this long to implement this.
That was my first thought. I can't believe it wasn't done before.
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It was never at&t's choice, there were federal privacy regulations against keeping a database of customer data (which is what this is doing) and of course there is the bigger problem of coordinating all the carriers in the United States so that there ...
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