Verizon Endorses Collaborative Effort to Address Theft of Mobile Devices and Protect Consumers

CTIA-The Wireless Association, the Federal Communications Commission and law enforcement officials on Tuesday (April 10) announced plans to provide resources to consumers to address mobile-device theft. Those resources include implementation of a database to prevent reactivation of stolen smartphones, and additional customer education about avoiding and reducing the impact of device theft. The following statement should be attributed to Kathleen Grillo, Verizon senior vice president, federal regulatory relations:

"Verizon Wireless has a long-standing commitment to protect our customers if their mobile device is stolen, including such resources as an internal system that does not allow devices reported as stolen to be activated on the Verizon Wireless network.  We support the broader, industrywide solutions announced today. We will work with policymakers and collaborate with other providers, device manufacturers, and application and software developers to increase consumer protections, and to empower consumers with additional resources to help ensure stolen devices cannot be used or accessed illegally." 

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