News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Click for more information, or
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
BYOD & MDM
Is your endpoint data protected?
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
AT&T Teams with T-Mobile to Fight Smartphone Theft

AT&T Teams with T-Mobile to Fight Smartphone Theft
By Jennifer LeClaire

Share
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Share on Google Plus

"While the GSM and CDMA databases are important, consumers also play a key role in protecting their information and preventing smartphone theft," said CTIA President and CEO Steve Largent of AT&T and T-Mobile's joint effort. "By using passwords or PINs, as well as remote wiping capabilities, consumers can help to dry up the aftermarket for stolen devices."
 



If you've ever had your smartphone stolen, then you know how painful it can be. Now, AT&T and T-Mobile are teaming up in an effort to ease the pain by combating smartphone theft.

AT&T just completed the second phase of its stolen-phone database, which lets customers report and block stolen wireless devices. Practically speaking, this means AT&T can now share data on stolen phones with other carriers that use GSM technology -- and that paves the way for reported stolen phones to be disabled on AT&T's network. T-Mobile is the only other major GSM carrier in the U.S.

"As part of our many efforts to address this important issue, we launched a new Web site in May to help educate our customers on protecting their wireless device, and in July we began the initial phase of our stolen phone database," said Bob Quinn, senior vice president of Federal Regulatory and chief privacy officer. "Our customers' safety is a top priority for AT&T, and we look forward to continuing our work in this area."

Deterring Smartphone Thefts

AT&T's effort to combat smartphone theft began earlier this year. AT&T joined Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, Washington, D.C., Police Chief Cathy Lanier, NYPD Deputy Chief Phil Pulaski and other wireless carriers at an event to discuss the growing problem of wireless device theft.

CTIA-The Wireless Association and the participating wireless companies, along with FCC and law enforcement officials, announced four voluntary steps the wireless industry would take to deter smartphone thefts and protect consumer data. Included in the four steps was a database designed to prevent GSM smartphones that were reported as stolen from being activated or provided service in the U.S. by Oct. 31, 2012.

The Consumer's Part

Steve Largent, CTIA president and CEO, said his organization and its member companies have always been advocates for wireless users' safety.

"While the GSM and CDMA databases are important, consumers also play a key role in protecting their information and preventing smartphone theft. By using passwords or PINs, as well as remote wiping capabilities, consumers can help to dry up the aftermarket for stolen devices," Largent said.

"Today's average wireless user stores a lot of personal information on a mobile device, such as pictures, video, banking and other sensitive data. It's important consumers know that by taking simple precautions, such as downloading a few apps, they can protect their information from unauthorized users."

AT&T customers can report a stolen phone and suspend service online at www.att.com/stolenphone, at an AT&T store, or by contacting AT&T Customer Care at (800) 331-0500. Within 24 hours, AT&T will block the use of a device reported as stolen.
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



Get Powerful App Acceleration with Cisco. In a world where time is money, you need to accelerate the speed at which data moves through your data center. Cisco UCS Invicta delivers powerful, easy-to-manage application acceleration for data-intensive workloads. So you can make decisions faster and outpace the competition. Learn More.


 BYOD & MDM
1.   Samsung Bets on New Galaxy Alpha
2.   BlackBerry BES 10 Now Hosted
3.   Business Impact of IBM-Apple Deal
4.   Apple, IBM Team on Mobile Biz Apps
5.   IBM Uncovers Android Security Flaw


advertisement
Samsung Bets on New Galaxy Alpha
But not likely its next flagship device.
Average Rating:
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Researchers Find Malicious Android Apps Can Hack Gmail
A new study shows that a weakness in the Android mobile operating system can be used to steal sensitive, personal info from unwitting users. Gmail proved to be the easiest app to attack; Amazon, the hardest.
 
UPS Stores in 24 States Hit by Data Breach
Big Brown has been breached. UPS said that about 105,000 customer transactions at 51 of its UPS Store locations in 24 states could have been compromised between January and August.
 
Cost of Target Data Breach: $148 Million Plus Loss of Trust
The now infamous Target data breach is still costing the company -- and its shareholders -- plenty. In fact, the retailing giant forecast the December 2013 incident cost shareholders $148 million.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Acer's New Desktop Box Rides the Chrome OS Wave
Filling out its Chrome OS line, Acer is following the introduction of a larger Chromebook line earlier this month with a new tiny $180 desktop Chromebox and also a smaller Chromebook.
 
Feds OK $2.3 Billion IBM-Lenovo x86 Server Deal
IBM and Lenovo are celebrating U.S. approval of their x86-based server deal, having cleared some major security hurdles. The deal makes Lenovo a major player for enterprise data centers.
 
Three New Lenovo PCs Aimed at Business Users
With businesses wanting computing solutions that do more for less money, Lenovo has unveiled three new desktop PCs that it says offer solid computing at a budget-minded price.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Screen Shortage Briefly Puts Brakes on iPhone 6
RAM? Check. Antenna switch? Check. Screen? Oops. Parts suppliers for Apple have found themselves facing a shortage of screens for the new iPhone 6 as next month's release date for the new smartphone looms.
 
Bounty Offered to Coders for Oculus Rift Bugs
Coders who find bugs in software for the Oculus Rift VR immersive headset could receive a reward of at least $500 under Facebook's White Hat bounty program. Facebook acquired Oculus in March.
 
Google Glass Adds Voice Access to Phone Contacts
The latest update to Google Glass will let users access their top 20 phone contacts with voice commands alone. A user can then choose a phone call, Google hangouts, e-mail or text messaging.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | CRM Systems | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.