FCC, Cellular Carriers Introduce New Initiative To Nerf Stolen Smartphones

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aarcane

"try and make it a crime to fiddle with a phone's identifying numbers in order to circumvent the banhammer."
Will I still be able to fiddle for fun and exploration like I am now, or will experimenting on my own legally purchased phone get me thrown in federal prison?

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vistageek

How does one report a phone stolen? There would need to be good security there too, or else trolls might just start disabling phones left and right.

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Peanut Fox

My guess is that you'd need to call your carrier, and they'd ask you the same standard information you'd normally need to access your account.

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DrCoolP

It is blacklisted only on that one company's system. It can still be activated on another network if they go ahead and unlock your phone.

But even this may not help thieves since they will find a way to change the IMEI number.

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jnite

"the four carriers -- with the help of the FCC -- will establish a central database to prevent stolen cellphones from being activated on any of the major networks, effectively blocking their use completely."

Sounds like they are trying to make it so it will be blacklisted everywhere.

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redtech116

why do we need government intervention...there are plenty of privet sector solutions preyproject.com, lookout, lojack software...
And why wouldn't the a carrier bone up on this and make it a selling point for there products....
more government is not the answer

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TraceyC

There are 3rd party attempts to try to put a band aid on the problem of reactivated stolen phones. This does not correct the core problem of theives and carriers making profit off your your stolen phone. The carriers have turned a blind eye to the problem for years, AT&T is now being sued over it.

http://www.courthousenews.com/2012/04/12/45547.htm

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schwit

Disabling stolen phones has been SOP in Europe for some time and I don't think it was prompted by government intervention.

In the US carriers weren't doing anything about it. It took a combined push from law enforcement and the FCC to get the carriers off their asses.

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jnite

Just going by the article here it sounds like it is being mainly run by the cell providers. The FCC is basically being used a central hub for them to work with each other to make sure the stolen phone can't be used with the other providers. I'm against government interference where it is not needed, but this sounds like a place where it is actually useful for once.

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Supall

If you report your phone as stolen, it should be blacklisted, isn't it? Or was I lied to when I reported a stolen phone? >:(

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NcOle

My sentiments, exactly.

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dedgar

Your cell phone company lied to you???
Tell me it isn't true!!!!
Cell phone companies LIE?!?!?!?
NNnnnooooooooo,,,,,,,,,,,,,

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