Cellphone thefts increase in L.A. [telecom]

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"Police in downtown Los Angeles have seen cellphone thefts soar 32% as
smartphones like the IPhone become easily turned into pay-as-you-go
phones.  Police said phones are being commonly snatched from
restaurant tables, libraries and nightclubs as people leave them
unattended."

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http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/04/cell-phone-thefts-on-the-rise-in-downtown-la.html
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Mobile phone carriers profit from stolen phones [Telecom]
At 03:20 AM 4/14/2012, Hancock4 wrote:
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Profit may be a primary reason mobile carriers no longer share a
database of mobile phone ID's and refuse to activate them.  Mobile
carriers profit handsomely from stolen mobile phones in several ways:
the victim has to buy another phone and agree to a profitable new
contract, and the user of the stolen phone starts a new line of
service (prepaid or otherwise.)

An even more sinister motivation could be in play: law-enforcement
agencies make extensive use of mobile phone network providers to
surveill targets who are likely to use stolen smartphones.  If stolen
phones could no longer be used, it could greatly complicate
law-enforcement agencies' electronic surveillance of their targets.
And since mobile carriers profit handsomely from providing electronic
surveillance of their users to law-enforcement agencies, they have yet
another strong vested interest in providing service to stolen phone
users.

My guess is that both mobile carriers and law-enforcement agencies are
quietly lobbying behind closed doors to prevent the formation of any
new laws that could force mobile carriers to stop providing service to
stolen mobile phones.  Or an I just being paranoid and seeing a
conspiracy where none exists?

-bernieS


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