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Canadian Mobile Networks Start Blocking Stolen Mobile Phones

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Canada's mobile networks have jointly launched a national blacklist of wireless devices that have been reported as lost or stolen.

With immediate effect, the IMEI serial number of mobile phones connecting to a participating Canadian network will be checked against a list of stolen handsets. The blacklist will also include devices that have been reported as lost or stolen by USA carriers that are connected to the GSMA IMEI Database.

The measure to block stolen phones was imposed by the telecoms regulator.

Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) noted that "The CRTC is pleased to see that the members of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) met their commitment to join the GSM Association and use the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) database before the September 30, 2013 deadline."

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