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A New Plan To Make Stolen Phones Useless?

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

A new collaboration has been decided between the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and wireless carriers in the country to prevent cellphone theft, according to mobile news. This works by rendering stolen mobile mobiles useless once owners report them to the commission or to the carriers. Both the FCC and the wireless carriers hope that law enforcement bodies across the United States will coordinate in creating a national database of mobile phones that are reported stolen. This would allow voice and date services to be disabled by the wireless carriers on stolen mobile phones altogether.

As of now, mobile news reveals that there is no such method that could make stolen cellphones useless. The owners can make a call to their carrier for cancelling all the service on the phone being stolen. Unfortunately, a new service can always be activated by the thief. Let us say for example: A user reports to its carrier Verizon to block his cellphone that was stolen. But once the cellphone is blocked, the thief can still choose T-Mobile and AT&T to get another service. Thus, reporting stolen phones as of now is useless.

A Unique Device Identifier (UDID) is being planned by the carriers to be used for every mobile phone and for building the hoped database. The mobile news noted that the plan would reject a new SIM card in the stolen handset once a specific UDID is blocked by the carrier. However, this plan still does not work perfectly since it is only applicable in the U.S. Once the stolen phones are shipped to other countries, they would still work even if the carrier in the U.S. blocks them.