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Stolen cell phones soon to have a common database

Whether a device has been left in a cab, lifted from your pocket, or innocently dropped and forgotten, cell phone theft has risen over the last few years. If a dishonest individual obtains a device, they not only have access to your personal information, but they can reuse or sell the device to others while incurring little or no cost. eBay and Craigslist provide easy avenues for sellers to unload a device and get rid of the evidence quickly. Other countries such as the UK, Australia, and France have a common database of these stolen devices. The number of thefts may not have disappeared in those countries, but a decline is evident. In the United States, however, each carrier has its own database. So, a stolen phone from AT&T may be restricted on the AT&T network, but may still be used on T-Mobile.

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