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Re: [newtech-1] Fighting Cellphone Theft With a Database

From: D.A. G.
Sent on: Thursday, November 8, 2012 10:49 PM
Resurrecting an old thread:
Looks like this the stolen cellphone database that was proposed earlier this year has finally been implemented by the four major carriers (AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint & Verizon) with other, smaller carriers looking to implement also.

In addition, the database will eventually be linked with an international one to prevent stolen phones from being shipped overseas and used on foreign networks.


On Wed, Apr 11, 2012 at 1:46 AM, Sophia Guo <[address removed]> wrote:
I'm all for this as well, as an anguished & outrageous victim. I'm wondering why apple hasn't done anything to prevent reuse of lost/stolen iPhones? There is actually an easy way for them to do it and locate the thieves. Maybe they thought this would prove iPhone's popularity and promote sales? Too bad if they really thought this way.   

On Tuesday, April 10, 2012, D.A. Gutierrez <[address removed]> wrote:

I'm all for this. I was actually surprised when I found out that this was not the standard already.

Reminds me of when my car was broken into and my satellite radio was stolen. When I called to report it stolen and cancel my service on that unit, they said they don't blacklist devices.

With all the pieces for control in place already it seems like a lazy/greedy industry that needs to be prodded. It's like they're encouraging theft.


On Apr 10,[masked]:38 AM, "Anthony Zeoli" <[address removed]> wrote:
> Thought this was interesting to discuss the pros and cons of. Thoughts?
> Fighting Cellphone Theft With a Database | Police departments, the Federal Communications Commission and the wireless phone industry have devised a plan to fight cellphone theft: the creation of a central database to track stolen phones and prevent them from being used again, Edward Wyatt reports in Tuesday's New York Times.
> On Tuesday, Julius Genachowski, the chairman of the F.C.C., is scheduled to join police chiefs from New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland and representatives of a wireless industry trade group to announce the new plan, which would allow wireless providers to disable and block further use of a device once it is reported stolen.
> The groups are also working with members of Congress to write legislation that would make it a federal crime to tamper with a phone's unique identifiers in an attempt to evade the blocking process.
> Over the last year, roughly one out of three robberies nationwide have involved the theft of a cellphone, according to an F.C.C. summary of the new plan. The thefts have grown most rapidly in urban areas; cellphones are stolen in more than 40 percent of all robberies in New York City and 38 percent of robberies in the District of Columbia, according to the groups.
> Because many smartphone owners use the devices for financial transactions, the phones often contain sensitive personal data. As part of the program, wireless carriers plan to educate consumers on how to remotely lock their phones, delete personal information and track a device's whereabouts.
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