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New AT&T service will let users block stolen devices while preserving their accounts

An unnamed source has told The Verge that AT&T plans on rolling out a new service on July 10th that will help users more easily block thieves from using stolen devices without going through the hassle of a full SIM block. According to a guidance notice AT&T reportedly sent out to its customer service representatives this week, AT&T subscribers will be able to “request the stolen device be blocked from use by others on the AT&T network” and also add any additional stolen tablet or phone to their blocklist. Only customers who made the initial block request for a device can get that specific device unblocked according to the report, which The Verge says suggests AT&T “will keep a central list of blocked phones matched to customers.”


Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.