AT&T to Help Users Cut Off Stolen Device Access
If there's anything worse than losing your mobile device, it's knowing that the sticky-fingered thief who swiped it is now enjoying all your apps and possibly running up your bill to historic new heights.
Fortunately, if this thought is as frightening to you as it is to others, help is on the way - possibly as soon as July 10th. Sources speaking with The Verge confess that AT&T will launch a new service "for reporting and blocking stolen devices."
The service will allow customers to deny voice, data and SMS access to any individual phone or tablet while keeping their account intact, avoiding the inconvenience of a full SIM block.
Based on an internal document leak at the carrier, AT&T will maintain a database called a "blocklist" where all reported stolen devices will have service immediately suspended "if any attempt is made to use a device that is stored in the blocklist."
Adding a device to this blocklist will be pretty simple. According to AT&T, users only need to contact customer service. However, users with remote data wipe apps will be mandated to activate those particular apps and their corresponding security measures before the device's service can be suspended by AT&T. This, of course, is advisable to "prevent access to their personal information."
Source: The Verge