Countering Smartphone theft is the main concern for every user and while there are some softwares like “Find My iPhone” to get the job done, it reallu doesn’t help when the stolen smartphone gets in the hand of the reseller. Taking the security to the next level, Major US carriers have teamed up with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to create a joint database that would keep track of stolen handsets and those reported as lost.
By implementing such steps, it’ll be impossible to use stolen smartphones as the carriers could deny those handsets the voice and data service privileges and thus lessening the motive behind stealing in the first place.
WallStreetJournal reports :-
The nation’s major wireless providers have agreed to a deal with the U.S. government to build a central database of stolen cellphones—part of a broad effort to tame an explosion of thefts nationwide. The database, which the wireless companies will build and maintain, will be designed to track phones that are reported as lost or stolen and deny them voice and data service. The idea is to reduce crime by making it difficult or impossible to actually use a stolen device, reducing resale value.
This system will work only if all the carriers join this program because if the smartphone is unlocked, the user can use that phone on any network that doesn’t implements this security protocol. Still, there has to be a start from somewhere, when this mechanism is adopted by all the major carriers, small one’s would also join eventually.