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AT&T, T-Mobile flip the switch on stolen cellphone tracker database

Published Nov 1st, 2012 7:11PM EDT
AT&T T-Mobile Cell Phone Tracker

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AT&T (T) and T-Mobile have once again combined to do something good and have become the first mobile carriers in the United States to implement a database designed to track customers’ stolen cellular phones. IDG News reports that the two carriers “will offer a joint database” that will “be able to block stolen handsets from being used on their networks.” The databases simply block unique IMEI numbers of stolen cell phones that are designed to maintain a device’s identity even if someone switches out its SIM card. IDG also says that Verizon (VZ) and Sprint (S) will join AT&T and T-Mobile to create one large nationwide database for stolen cell phones by next November.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.