Three of the US major mobile carriers have been working on a stolen smartphone database over the last year, the list of company’s includes AT&T, Sprint and Verizon Wireless.
The CITA have now announced that the stolen smartphone database is now complete, and the database will now allow carriers to block 3G and 4G device activations if the device has been stolen.
“Today, I am pleased to confirm that the global, multi-carrier, common database for LTE smartphones has been finalized and implemented in advance of the November 30, 2013 deadline. 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.
The database has been live in the US for a while, but it has now been integrated with overseas carriers as well, which is designed to stop stolen smartphones being sent outside of the US and then being activated with international mobile carriers.