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Disable use of stolen phones

Hi,

 

Why don't AT&T disable use of stolen phones? Australian operators implemented this already back in 2003 & they haven't had any issues with it. SF Chronicle just posted this: Article . It definitely sounds like US operators don't want to do this just to sell more phones & subscriptions.

 

This is really a personal safety issue, and if AT&T really cares about their customers, this should be a top priority feature to implement.

 

Best,

Jake

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Jake79 wrote:

Hi,

 

Why don't AT&T disable use of stolen phones? Australian operators implemented this already back in 2003 & they haven't had any issues with it. SF Chronicle just posted this: Article . It definitely sounds like US operators don't want to do this just to sell more phones & subscriptions.

 

This is really a personal safety issue, and if AT&T really cares about their customers, this should be a top priority feature to implement.

 

Best,

Jake


you can call ATT and report the phone lost / stolen, that will relieve you of any legal responsibility for abuse of the phone, but there is no "national blacklist" requirement in the states. Any carrier outside the US that implemented anything like this did it becasue it was a legal requirement, not out of the goodness of their heart, this is not a cheap nor fool proof fix. Doesn;t even work in the area's of the world that it is a legal requirement - get your UK phone stolen, it is shippe to anothe country and activated on their carrier. Black market in stolen phones in the world is quite lucrative.

 

When and it anything like this is implemented, it would have to be at the Federal level and probably take 5 years or more to get it functioning correctly - along with stiff penalties and the such for false reports

 

Bottom like - no US carrier does this

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Verizon has a blacklist for stolen phones. If the phone is reported stolen or lost to Verizon, the ESN is added to the blacklist. If the phone is later found, it can't be reactivated until ESN is removed from the blacklist.
Probably from mobile, maybe. Smiley Happy
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Ann154 wrote:
Verizon has a blacklist for stolen phones. If the phone is reported stolen or lost to Verizon, the ESN is added to the blacklist. If the phone is later found, it can't be reactivated until ESN is removed from the blacklist.


really? Funny they told us that they would not do it when an employee got mugged in New York and had her purse, company phones and personal phone stolen

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First, how is this a personal safety issue? If it were so, you'd have a passcode lock on your phone so that your data would be inaccessible in case the phone were lost stolen. What's that, you say? A passcode lock is so inconvenient? Case closed.

 


Jake79 wrote:

Hi,

 

Why don't AT&T disable use of stolen phones? Australian operators implemented this already back in 2003 & they haven't had any issues with it. SF Chronicle just posted this: Article . It definitely sounds like US operators don't want to do this just to sell more phones & subscriptions.

 

This is really a personal safety issue, and if AT&T really cares about their customers, this should be a top priority feature to implement.

 

Best,

Jake




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It would be nice if they were able to do this, but it's not going to happen. Can you imagine how difficult it would be to track down one of the hundreds (maybe even thousands) of cell phones stolen daily?

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