AT&T to Block Stolen Phones Starting This Week
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."
Jul 24, 2017
T-Mobile today said it is extending the same scam-stopping tool its postpaid customers have enjoyed since April to its prepaid MetroPCS customers beginning July 25. T-Mobile introduced the network-based tool earlier this year to help identify and block potential scam calls.
Mar 24, 2017
T-Mobile today said it is rolling out new network-based tools to help identify and block potential scam calls. Beginning on April 5, T-Mobile will begin to analyze every call that reaches the T-Mobile network against a global database of known scammers.
May 11, 2017
Consumers, law enforcement, and resellers now have a new way to verify if used or refurbished phones are legit. CTIA, the U.S.
Nov 28, 2018
ZTE has fallen into the U.S. government's crosshairs once again, this time thanks to its involvement with Venezuela.
Mar 7, 2017
President Donald Trump today renominated Ajit Pai to the Federal Communications Commission. Pai has been running the agency since the January departure of former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, even though Pai's official tenure at the FCC ended in the middle of 2016.
Entirely kidding though, but still shocked it took them this long to implement this.