Device Theft

Device Blacklisting

In a growing number of countries, operators allow consumers to report a mobile phone or device as lost or stolen using the device’s unique identity number, the IMEI.  The operator can then block the phone from their mobile network, which is called IMEI blacklisting.

The blacklisted IMEIs are provided to the GSMA central IMEI Database allowing operators to exchange data and to block devices on multiple networks nationally and internationally. GSMA Device Check is a product that shares this data to approved partners, including retailers, insurers, recyclers and law enforcement agencies.

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