CTIA Announces the Completion of the Stolen Phone Database

Posted by at 6:26 pm on December 1, 2013

The CTIA Wireless Association today announced that the major network operators in the U.S. have completed work on a stolen phone database.

“The global, multi-carrier, common database for LTE smartphones has been finalized and implemented in advance of the November 30, 2013 deadline,” said CTIA President and CEO Steve Largent. “The matter of stolen devices is extremely important to the wireless providers, which is why they worked so hard over the last year to meet each deadline on time. As more countries and more carriers around the world participate in the 3G and 4G/LTE databases, criminals will have fewer outlets since these stolen phones would be blacklisted and could not be reactivated.” Largent went on to remind consumers that they should play their own role in deterring theft by exercising caution when using their devices out in public and by using apps that can remotely lock or wipe their device. He also called on network operators outside the U.S. to participate in the stolen phone database to help prevent criminals from selling stolen devices internationally.

“By working together with everyone – from the wireless companies, law enforcement, policymakers and consumers – we will make a difference,” added Largent.

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