Canadian networks start blocking stolen phones

Canadian networks start blocking stolen phones

Canada’s mobile operators have teamed-up to launch a national blacklist of wireless devices that have been reported as lost or stolen.

Effective immediately, the networks will rely on the phones’ IMEI serial numbers to checked against a list of stolen handsets, and eventually ban the use of such phones on their networks. Aside from the lost/stolen Canadian devices, the mentioned blacklist will also include phones from the U.S. that are connected to the GSMA IMEI database.

While we praise this effort, we have to add that this measure was imposed by the telecoms regulator, rather than networks themselves.

Still, Chairman of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) Jean-Pierre Blais is happy about this, saying that the Commission is “pleased to see that the members of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) met their commitment to join the GSM Association and use the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) database before the September 30, 2013 deadline.”

I wonder whether carriers would ever do this without the government intervention. What do you think?

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  • Jay Getty

    And what about the process for telecoms demanding and documenting ID from all people before attempting to activate used phones and notifying police service of those in possession of property reported as stolen: that do not agree to leave the stolen property in the store so it can be determined: who owns it?

  • TLWX

    Having national database started in one country is nice to have, but a not so significant event, although nicely communicated.

    Such national databases have been already existing in some countries from years and if they were so efficient, rates of stolen smartphones should have decreased there since , … and it is still rather the contrary !

    Still indeed the questions are :

    a) how the user can IMMEDIATELY block further trading of its smartphone, AND
    NOT after it has been traded , and how to AVOID some new second hand owner discover later down the road he has been abused ?


    b) how to IMMEDIATELY discount deeply to lowest extend the value that can be extracted from a stolen smartphone by resellers and smugglers because smuggling of smartphone has become an international business,


    c) how to avoid SILO EFFECT between national databases which, however legitimate national pride from their promoters about fighting against illegal “second hand” re use of stolen or lost devices on a national base, are not addressing topics as : i.) return of the device the soonest to initial owner,

    ii.) rendering the sending of stolen device abroad much less viable, or without perspecitve of some “fair” monetization ,

    AS OPPOSED TO PRIVATE Databases for STOLEN IMEI, and / or NATIONAL Databases ARISING here or there BUT STILL IN SILOS , with some costs of operation plus high risks of collateral or international bypass,

    DISTRIBUTED UNIVERSAL APPROACH might offer solution !NOW on an immediate worldwide basis, and even better, already effective on a DIY BASIS before leveraged by any further large stakeholder !!!

    REGISTER YOUR LONG NUMBER IMEI , THE UNIQUE ID OF YOUR SMARTPHONE, through a DOMAIN NAME best fitted for telecom and mobile browsing !!!

    dot TEL registration of long numbers (whatever number, can be your phone number
    if you like) are open now FROM 15th of OCTOBER,

    ALLOWING IMMEDIATE REGISTRATION of your long number IMEI over dot TEL!

    As soon registred as a dot TEL domain name, your IMEI will become searchable
    universally through a simple Google query , so that above-the-average cautious
    reseller or street buyer can check over internet or on a …smartphone, whether
    the IMEI from this nearly new discounted Smartphone is really CLEAR or has just been reported STOLEN by its unfortunate owner over internet on DIY basis, with additionnal details where, when, contact to return it, reward if any , etc…

    Learn more about this !

    Read more at IMEI dot TEL ( http://www.IMEI.TEL ) about universal DIY solution for
    your cherished expensive smartphone, that could newly be returned to you from
    now on if stolen or lost !

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