New Zealand Networks Start Blocking Stolen Phones

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New Zealand's three mobile networks have jointly launched a stolen phone database that can now block registered IMEI serial numbers within 24 hours of the theft being reported.

The system uses a central database hosted by the GSMA and is being managed by the New Zealand Telecommunications Forum.

Superintendent Steve Christian, National Manager Mobility for New Zealand Police welcomed the blacklisting system.

"This is a great leap forward because there has, until now, been a significant gap in this area. We are pleased the telcos are now joining together to render stolen devices as being of no value on the streets."

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