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. consumers. The group delivered its report this week and makes three core recommendations. The group believes more on-device theft deterrents are needed, such as biometrics to keep them locked. It believes phone makers can better protect the unique numbers assigned to handsets (IMEI) to prevent new, clean identifying numbers being given to stolen phones. Last, it describes a clear way to generate a global database of stolen phones that operators will be able to check quickly. "Smart phone theft is a global problem that causes real harm in a variety of ways. It results in the loss of valuable devices, it often entails physical harm to the victim of the theft, and it can lead to disclosure of vital and confidential personal information stored on the stolen devices," said Wheeler. "While much work remains, the working group's report establishes the critical components of a holistic effort to eliminate smart phone theft." The group plans to continue its research. The CTIA and its constituents have already agreed to employ a number of preventative tools, such as passwords and remote lock/wipe.
Wireless Companies Agree to Support More Remote Wipe Tools
Oct 2, 2015
The CTIA today announced that a number of member companies have agreed to take on additional measures to help prevent cellphone thefts. Following recommendations made by the FCC, wireless companies will make anti-theft tools available to all consumers that also respect consumer choice and privacy.
Buying A Used Phone? Verify It Through New CTIA Web Site
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.
CTIA Issues RFP for Stolen Device Database
Feb 8, 2016
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.
Verizon to Start Locking Its Phones Again to Fight Thieves
Feb 12, 2018
Verizon Wireless plans to lock its handsets in order to cut down on theft. Verizon claims its unlocked phones are a big target, often stolen when in transit to Verizon stores or to consumers.
Apple Says iOS 12 Will Be Faster, Work Better On Older iPhones
Jun 4, 2018
Apple today announced iOS 12, its next-generation platform for the iPhone and iPad. Apple says it spent time improving the performance of the operating system, which in claims will work well on iPhones and iPads that went on sale as far back as 2013.