(The Hosting News) – Smartphone theft has become a significantly problematic issue as new devices are introduced to the market. On Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) directly addressed the issue by highlighting several suggestions.
Among them was the proposed introduction of a cellular database allowing wireless providers to disable cellular functionality once a device had been reported stolen. “Within six months, when Americans call their participating wireless provider and report their wireless devices stolen, their provider will block that device from being used again,” commented the FCC in a press release.
The statement continued, “This system will be rolling out globally using common databases across carriers over the next 18 months.”
The FCC would also like cellular providers to report quarterly updates considering phone theft to the commission.Other proposals included encouraging users to secure smartphone access by adding passwords to their devices and enlisting wireless providers to educate customers on remotely locking their phones.
“With today’s announcement, we’re sending a message to consumers that we’ve got your back, and a message to criminals that we’re cracking down on the stolen phone and tablet re-sale market and making smartphone theft a crime that doesn’t pay,” commented FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski when making the announcement Tuesday in the District of Colombia.
Others officials supporting the FCC’s proposal included U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and the police commissioners and chiefs from several cities. Cited in the FCC’s report was a statistic saying that over forty percent of robberies in NYC could be accounted to cellular theft. Meanwhile, the FCC noted that the U.S. Congress would directly address cellular theft issues in the near future. For more information regarding the FCC’s proposal, view a press release here (fcc.gov).