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Sprint Lets Buyers Check If Phone Stolen Before Purchase

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Mar 5, 2014, 2:17 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Sprint today said it has expanded efforts to help prevent the resale of stolen phones by using Recipero's CheckMend online tool. CheckMend maintains a global database of stolen phone IDs. All Sprint stores will check the ID of used cell phones against CheckMend's database to determine if they are stolen. Devices listed as stolen cannot and will not be activated on Sprint's network. Sprint will also submit the ID of any Sprint device reported lost or stolen by customers to CheckMend to further improve the database's accuracy. Because CheckMend is available online, consumers can use it to check the validity of a used phone's ID before they purchase it. CheckMend can also be used by law enforcement. U.S. carriers all participate in a national registry of stolen device IDs.

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Mar 5, 2014, 2:40 PM

All for only $2.99 per search...

What a deal. I think I'll just keep calling customer care to verify before I buy a used phone.
Not to mention that that incredible deal, doesn't even check if the phone is still active or on a suspended account. Both of which are WAY more common than an actual stolen device.
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