Database to help protect against stolen smart phones - Tucson News Now

Database to help protect against stolen smart phones

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

How is the cell phoneindustry dealing with stolen smart phones, one step will be implemented by theend of November. 

Wireless providers shouldhave voluntarily implemented databases to prevent the reactivation of stolensmart phones; this is all through an industry-wide effort by CTIA – the wirelessassociation, the Federal Communications Commission and major city policechiefs.

In April 2012, theannouncement was made that this database would be created and now it is weeksaway from being implemented.

How will the database work?  Smart phones will be given ID numbers forwireless companies to track, if reported stolen they will not work on any U.S.network.

Here are a few steps toavoid having a smart phone stolen:

One – Be aware ofsurroundings

Two – Never leave a phoneunattended in a public place

Three – Write down themake, model number and serial number

Four – Review the warranty

Five – Report a phonetheft immediately to provider and the police

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