Wireless Carriers to Discourage Cellphone Thieves

Los Angeles Times - April 9, 2012

The top four wireless carriers, AT&T Inc., Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile USA and Sprint Nextel Corp., are teaming to create a central database to track stolen cellphones and other mobile devices and prevent their reactivation. The companies will create their own databases to track mobile devices reported as stolen with the goal of developing a single central database that would be checked when attempts are made to activate wireless service, denying when it has been reported as stolen. The goal is to make stealing mobile devices less appealing.

The top four wire­less car­ri­ers, AT&T Inc., Ver­i­zon Wire­less, T-Mobile USA and Sprint Nex­tel Corp., are team­ing to cre­ate a cen­tral data­base to track stolen cell­phones and other mobile devices and pre­vent their reac­ti­va­tion. The com­pa­nies will cre­ate their own data­bases to track mobile devices reported as stolen with the goal of devel­op­ing a sin­gle cen­tral data­base that would be checked when attempts are made to acti­vate wire­less ser­vice, deny­ing when it has been reported as stolen. The goal is to make steal­ing mobile devices less appealing.