Telstra blocks stolen mobiles

Telstra has moved to crack down on mobile phone theft by blocking the use of stolen mobile phones on its network.

Telstra Mobile’s David Thodey says that the stolen phones’ IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) codes would be used to block those handsets that have been registered as lost or stolen. All mobile phones have an IMEI code that is transmitted every time the phone is in use. Up to now Telstra has only blocked the use of the SIM card of a stolen phone to prevent unauthorised calls being made.

In order for a significant reduction in mobile phone theft to occur, committment is also needed from the other mobile phone networks to use the IMEI codes to block the usage of stolen phones.

Read our tips for helping to prevent the theft of your mobile.

Sydney Morning Herald, p3, 12/2/02