Cell Phone Companies Break Evil Streak with Promise of Stolen-Phone Blacklist

Five U.S. mobile phone carriers will allow customers to report stolen phones and prevent them from being reactivated, in a wide-ranging effort also supported by the U.S. FCC and police chiefs. A database for stolen phones on GSM networks will launch by Oct. 31, and U.S. carriers will launch a common database for LTE smartphones [...]

Cell Phone Companies Break Evil Streak with Promise of Stolen-Phone Blacklist

A collaborative national database will deter phone theft

Tue 10 Apr 12 from IEEE Spectrum

Wireless providers to disable stolen phones

(AP) -- Wireless carriers will be able to quickly disable a cellphone after it's reported stolen, under a plan announced Tuesday by federal and local officials.

Tue 10 Apr 12 from Phys.org

Carriers agree to disable stolen phones for good

(AP) -- Cellphone companies and the government are trying to make it as difficult to use a stolen cellphone as it is to sell a stolen car.

Tue 10 Apr 12 from Phys.org

Congress, wireless industry team up to make stolen phones worthless

Stolen cell phones will become nothing more than paperweights thanks to an new initiative by the four major wireless operators and Congress. But is it too much Big Brother?

Wed 11 Apr 12 from Extremetech

U.S. carriers to create central database to combat cell burglars

]]>We recently told you about how a study concluded that 50% of found cellphones are returned to their owners. That doesn't really speak to willfully stolen phones — a trend that's rising ...

Tue 10 Apr 12 from Dvice

Stolen Smartphone Database Launched

Five U.S. mobile phone carriers will allow customers to report stolen phones and prevent them from being reactivated, in a wide-ranging effort also supported by the U.S. FCC and police chiefs. ...

Tue 10 Apr 12 from dailywireless.org

Carriers, gov't band to fight cell phone theft

The nation's major wireless providers have agreed to a deal with the U.S. government to build a central database of stolen cell phones -- part of a broad effort to tame an explosion of thefts ...

Tue 10 Apr 12 from FOXNews

U.S. wireless carriers to create database to fight phone theft

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. wireless carriers representing 90 percent of subscribers will on Tuesday announce the creation of a database of unique cell phone IDs to help prevent theft and reactivation ...

Tue 10 Apr 12 from Reuters Technology

Smartphone thefts prompt joint effort by carriers, FCC

Database would help thwart use of stolen phones on any network in U.S. or globally.

Mon 9 Apr 12 from USA today

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