this is only good news, only thieves or people complicit in stolen phones would oppose this.
That wouldn't be possible.Now, all the people I'm angry with and want to pay back for something? I can just call and report their phone stolen so it gets shut off and rendered useless!
Is it, the software on a phone controls the whole phone including sending the imei, and if that is the case then the firmware could be hacked, probably very hard to do but theoretically can be done.This is just plain incorrect on both counts, some very old phones can have their IMEIs changed but all new phones the IMEI is hard coded into the phones and cannot be changed, this list would stop any network connectivity on the stolen phones and not stop them from activating.
if you are somehow (incorrectly) scared that this list can track you then you're too late a mobile phones IMEI is already given to every Mast you connect to but it is the SIM ID that would be used to track you which gives your phone it's mobile account with your network.
That wouldn't be possible.
You would only be able to block a device that has been registered/used with your carrier's account.
If you sold a phone and then did that (I'm not sure why you would), then you'd be breaking the law and it would catch up with you eventually.
Carriers can already track you easily if so they wish. Or the Police. If you don't want to be tracked, just leave your cell phone at home.Who wants to be the conspiracy theorist that thinks they are compiling this database so it is easier to track us?
CDMA is non-world-standard. So incentive to steal a CDMA device is really low.The GSMA also have this and all members have access, however it only works for GSM phones.
This new system will work with any wireless technology. Since the GSMA refused to include CDMA carriers into their system, they really forced a break with their system.
That's your business to ensure that the seller has a clean record. If in doubt, just don't buy. It's not as if there were only a few iPhone to sell on eBay. CL can be a treasure, but most often, it's junk. I would never trust a high-value transaction to stem from CL unless I have a gun at my side.unless you dropped $200-300 on ebay or CL in which case you would be a victim.
In the roughly 6 years since the system was introduced here, I've never heard of anything like that.If your partner has a cellphone, there's a real good chance you can get access to his/her account information, to do such a thing. Just wait and see how often this comes up in divorce battles or bad breakups!
This could be an issue, but I don't think that people "handling stolen goods" are top of my concerns right now.Although this list does sound like a good idea. In reality it will just end up hurting two people. The original victim and the person buying the stolen phone thinking it is legitimate. Sure you can check a database. However the vast majority of people won't know of the database. If they do they won't know how to check.
A VIN would be more useful than your plate number which is easy for a thief to swap. Answer is still the same of course...You'd give the police the license plate number of your car if it was stolen wouldn't you?
Heck, cell phones wouldn't work if the carriers didn't know what towers they hit (which are only so accurate anyhow). That's the magic of how cell phones work. Carriers can have been able to track (log) usage from day one.Carriers can already track you easily if so they wish. Or the Police. If you don't want to be tracked, just leave your cell phone at home.
Don't underestimate thieves. Gangs will start buying them, and people will know where they can get cash for them, and they'll get bartered internationally for another blacklisted commodity. Too easy to get caught on Craigslist, only small timers would go there, and that's not gonna cut into the real trading of these things.Most thieves aren't that smart. They're going to craigslist as soon as they get it.