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Originally announced this past April, AT&T will unveil a database of stolen phones to prevent lost devices from connecting to the carrier's network. The Verge reported the launch with a leaked internal AT&T screenshot showing a launch date of July 10, 2012.

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AT&T issued this statement to MacRumors:
As announced in April, AT&T is creating a stolen phone database to prevent devices reported stolen from accessing wireless networks. We will install this availability next week for AT&T phones on our network and are working toward a cross-carrier solution later this year.
The Verge notes that AT&T's guidance for staffers says "only the person who originated a block may request block removal". It's unclear how exactly the database will work, including preventing legitimate transfers in ownership from being flagged by malicious actors, but we expect to have more details from AT&T as the launch date for the stolen phone database comes closer.

Article Link: AT&T Unveiling New Blocking Service for Stolen Phones Next Week
 

mac 2005

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All I can say is: About time.

How many thousands of phones have been stolen over the years, only for AT&T to simply allow the thief to activate them and the victim to have to pay full freight for a new phone. Hopefully, this move will be adopted by other carriers and make cellphones less attractive to thieves.
 

FSMBP

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Like the Find My iPhone feature, this is amazing but I hope I'll never have to use it.
 

dontwalkhand

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What's to stop you from unlocking it and using it on another carrier/ship it somewhere else?

I guess it also means blocked from all AT&T MVNOs like Straight Talk
 

srxtr

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Right step, but this won't help the original owner in retrieving the stolen phone.

Need to teach those thieves a lesson
 

xhArRiSoNxD

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This is great. But I have an unlocked phone on T-Mobile. Can I still call them and say my phone is stolen?



What's to stop you from unlocking it and using it on another carrier/ship it somewhere else?

I guess it also means blocked from all AT&T MVNOs like Straight Talk


They won't/shouldn't be able to unlock it after it is stolen because AT&T does the unlocking. So they just look up in their database if the phone was reported stolen before they do your unlock request. Simple. Now that's one way of getting revenge of your stolen iPhone!
 
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LimeiBook86

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I wonder if my first 4GB iPhone (model 1) can now be officially banned on AT&T. It was stolen years ago, AT&T then said there was no policy in place on stolen phones. I still have the iPhone's serial # and such, it's worth a shot. I wouldn't be surprised if it was still being used. :rolleyes:
 

JRSAHLBERG

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That's great, but we should have something like an "universal blacklist" shared between all carriers in the world...
 

dvdlovr24

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Nextel was able to do this 10 years ago when I worked there and they were SIM card based just not GSM.
 

jmcguckin

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I couldn't help but notice the bullet reading "The line is automatically be suspended if..."- sorry, but you'd think AT&T would've proofread this prior to sending it out.
 

Obese Lobsters

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What about people that are buying used phones? What's to stop the owner to claim their phone was stolen after the sale?
 

Porco

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This sounds like it could be a good step, but I do think Apple could design a nice solution of their own, perhaps giving an option to remotely brick your phone through your Apple ID account, when associated with it. It could ask you if you're really sure etc... but it would solve the problem of worrying about 'malicious actors' (insert your favourite bad movie star joke here).
 

seamer

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Good intention, wrong process.

Let the stolen phone be activated and then send the gps/tower coordinates to your local PD. :D or hold the coords and see if there is a pattern in location before sending in the cavalry.

Remote wipe feature is useless. Can pull all data and reset the phone before owner even realizes.
 

Caliber26

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I couldn't help but notice the bullet reading "The line is automatically be suspended if..."- sorry, but you'd think AT&T would've proofread this prior to sending it out.

I was thinking the same thing. Little mistakes like that peeve me to no end.

On another note, could someone sell their phone on Craigslist to an honest buyer and then turn around and report it stolen and leave the buyer with a useless phone?
 
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