“AT&T will launch a new service for reporting and blocking stolen devices on Tuesday, according to a trusted source,” Louis Goddard reports for The Verge.
“The service will allow customers to deny voice, data and SMS access to any individual phone or tablet while keeping their account intact, avoiding the inconvenience of a full SIM block,” Goddard reports. “The company sent a message (pictured below) to customer service representatives on Wednesday advising them of the change.”
Goddard reports, “The move follows April’s announcement of a national database of stolen phones, to be compiled and maintained by the four major US carriers — AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint — in co-operation with the FCC. The proposal raised privacy concerns at the time, and this latest move by AT&T is likely to provoke further questions.”
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