Written by administrator on April 10th, 2012
Cellphone Theft: Wireless Carriers Join Forces To Build Database Of Stolen Phones
News from Huffington Post:
WASHINGTON — Cellphone companies and the government are trying to make it as difficult to use a stolen cellphone as it is to sell a stolen car.
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said in a statement late Monday that major cellphone carriers and the Federal Communications Commission have agreed to set up a database of identification numbers that are unique to each phone.
Using the list, cellular carriers will be able to permanently disable a phone once it’s been reported stolen. Until now, U.S. carriers have only been disabling so-called “SIM” cards, which can be swapped in and out. That’s enabled a black market to exist for stolen phones.
Schumer said that the goal of the agreement is to make a stolen cellphone “as worthless as an empty wallet.”
He has said that unique ID numbers known as International Mobile Equipment Identity numbers are already effectively used in Europe to deter stealing.
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Cell Phone Calls Helped Locate Missing Hikers
News from Patch.com:
Two women in their 30′s and their dogs found themselves lost on Ragged Mountain Sunday night and it was their cell phones that helped them lead Fire and Rescue workers to their location.
The call came in around 7 p.m. and South Kensington and Kensington Fire Departments responded.
“Luckily we have GPS and we can lock onto their cell phone coordinates pretty quickly,” said South Kensington chief Brian Chapman. “We got the call that two young women were lost with their dogs. It was a two-company call with us and Kensington.”
The first crew went up the trails on motorized equipment and then three followed on foot later.
“We thought we had a pretty good idea where they were but some of the information they were giving us by what they could see was leading us to another location,” Chapman said. “It took us just over an hour to get to them and there were no injuries so it was just a search and not a search and rescue. Sometimes it takes 10 minutes and sometimes it takes longer. The trails are all marked pretty well so if they are on one of the trails we can usually find them pretty quickly. If they stray off the trails and start doing their own thing, then it can become complicated.”
Chapman said the early October snowstorm and Hurricane have left a lot of trees down over the trails. He said his department has spent a Saturday morning clea…………… continues on Patch.com