With GSMA Device Check™ you can find out instantly whether a device has been reported lost or stolen through the world’s most accurate registry of device status.
Businesses benefiting from the vibrant pre-used mobile devices market need to protect themselves against the risk of handling stolen or fraudulent devices. This can damage reputations and impact operational margins. GSMA Device Check™ provides up to 10 years’ of a device’s history as well as the device model information and capabilities.
You can access a comprehensive registry of device information which can benefit your business in a variety of ways:
- Helps resellers identify and eliminate stolen devices before they can enter supply chains
- Confirms the true device model for authenticity and to help calculate device value
- Discourages device theft by reducing the value of a stolen device
- Confirms the network operator that reported the device stolen or lost, which helps with repatriation to the rightful owner
GSMA Device Check™ is a tried and tested product, used by retailers, resellers, insurers and law enforcement agencies worldwide.
How GSMA Device Check™ Works
Every mobile device (cell phone, tablet, etc.) has a unique serial number known as the IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identifier). The Device Check database contains the IMEI for devices reported as stolen or lost by participating operators, as well as the device model and capabilities.
Participating operators worldwide submit to GSMA Device Check the IMEI of devices that have been reported by consumers as stolen or lost, which allows other participating operators the opportunity to block the device on their own network.
After becoming an approved subscriber, users are given a choice of web-based or API access to the Device Check database. By entering an IMEI, the subscriber can instantly see if the device has been reported as stolen or lost by a participating operator. In addition, users can confirm the device model, which helps to determine the device’s authenticity and true characteristics.
In addition to Network Operators, many other organizations in the mobile device ecosystem utilize Device Check. Device recyclers, retailers and dealers use the data to reduce the likelihood of devices reported as stolen or lost from entering their recycling or resale stream. Insurance companies rely on the database to reduce false or overstated monetary claims. Law enforcement agencies use Device Check to identify and assist in the repatriation stolen or lost goods.