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Topic # 100438 11-Apr-2012 21:06 Send private message

Big Four US carriers vow to switch off stolen smartphones
Operators team up with FCC to draw up stolen smartmobe blacklist

In order to combat rising cases of phone theft, America's Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is planning to create a national database of stolen smartphones with the goal of ensuring that the mobes never work again.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/04/10/fcc_us_police_database_phone_theft/

I was wondering what other people thought of this article. I remember while I was on Vodafone many moons ago after having my phone stolen, and finding out that Vodafone (and I assume Telecom, and 2 Degrees) were more than happy to have someone else use my stolen phone on their network. 

From memory they wouldn't even let me know who was now using MY mobile on their network. Gotta love the Privacy act. I was ropeable :-) 

Drove me nuts... And it looks like it have driven others crazy as well, as the top carriers in the USA are forming a stolen list (initially one per network, then in the future merging these to one list.) of phones which will never be allowed back on their network.

This would overnight stop most mobile phone thefts, the article talks about 1 in 3 robberies are now mobile phones.




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  Reply # 608052 11-Apr-2012 22:10 Send private message

I thought we had the same thing here?

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  Reply # 608054 11-Apr-2012 22:10 Send private message

exportgoldman: I remember while I was on Vodafone many moons ago after having my phone stolen, and finding out that Vodafone (and I assume Telecom, and 2 Degrees) were more than happy to have someone else use my stolen phone on their network.


This is not correct Vodafone NZ has always been proactive Blacklisting stolen handsets when reported to police and process followed

I have worked for Vodafone NZ coming up 12 years next week and we have always had an EIR to Blacklist handset IMEIs, Form was online vodafone.co.nz or could it be faxed out or posted to customers, Police report returned to our fraud team and the IMEI would of been blacklisted. Years ago I took many phone calls from customers asking why the handset they obtained from a " mate " has stopped working,

Vodafone NZ and Telecom NZ share EIR data now so if a handset is blacklisted on Vodafone it's then blacklisted on Telecom XT and vice versa




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  Reply # 608063 11-Apr-2012 22:29 Send private message

Leading on from that, 2degrees don't currently have a blacklist... 




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  Reply # 608406 12-Apr-2012 18:37 Send private message

johnr:  This is not correct Vodafone NZ has always been proactive Blacklisting stolen handsets when reported to police and process followed.


Sigh. I have to laugh, I don't know what's worse, getting over not being able to blacklist my phone all those years ago, or finding out now I could of if I had got through to the right person. 

Thanks for clearing that up.

Now only 2 degrees needs to get their act together and start sucking down the blacklist. 8-) 




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