Sprint to Help Prevent the Trade and Sale of Stolen Smartphones
Published on: 5th Mar 2014
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USA based Sprint says that it is teaming up with Recipero to help prevent the trade and sale of stolen smartphones.
As a consequence, all Sprint retail buyback portals now employ Recipero's CheckMEND online analytics tool, in addition to checking other internal and external databases, to help identify mobile devices that have been reported lost and stolen.
The agreement also provides law enforcement greater access to Sprint data on lost and stolen phones.
The CheckMEND database is the most complete international listing of lost and stolen mobile devices available, comprised of data from major wireless carriers and law-enforcement entities globally. By evaluating all devices using the CheckMEND tool, Sprint can help further prevent smartphones that have been reported lost or stolen from being accepted into its buyback programs.
In addition, Sprint will start submitting the respective identification numbers of all devices that have been reported to Sprint as lost or stolen into Recipero's CheckMEND database.
Because the CheckMEND database is available to consumers and law-enforcement agencies, consumers are now able to verify that a pre-owned Sprint smartphone has not been reported lost or stolen by running a CheckMEND report before purchasing the device. Similarly law enforcement is now able to verify the status of a Sprint mobile device using Recipero's online tool for law enforcement.
Sprint has always maintained an internal database of lost and stolen consumer phones, and participates in an industry-wide database that tracks lost and stolen LTE devices.