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- Jun 18, 2010
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A report in the New York Times today says that mobile phone carriers in the US are joining up with police departments and the Federal Communications Commission to implement a plan designed to tackle the growing epidemic of mobile phone theft. The solution that they have all come up with is to launch a central database that will track stolen phones and stop them from being used again. The scheme is being launched today by Julius Genachowski, chairman of the FCC, as well as police chiefs from New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland, and representatives from a wireless industry trade group.
Aside from launching todays scheme, which will see mobile carriers having the power to disable and block a phone as soon as it is reported as stolen, The New York Times says that the interested parties are also working with members of Congress to help prepare legislation that will make it illegal to tamper with a phones unique identifiers.
Its just too easy for a thief to steal a phone and sell it on the black market, Mr. Genachowski told The New York Times. This program will make it a lot harder to do that. And the police departments we are working with tell us that it will significantly deter this kind of theft.
The Times also reports that over the next six months Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile will all be launching their own programs to disable phones and prevent them from being used on their network once they are reported as stolen. Within 18 months, these separate programs are due to be combined to form a national database.