When you lose your iPhone or any mobile device, it can be an extremely frustrating situation. Perhaps the worst part of having your smartphone stolen is knowing that someone else is using your device without your consent, which could potentially rack up fees and other costs depending on what services the thief uses.
Thankfully, sources have told The Verge that mobile carrier AT&T is expected to launch a new blocking service for stolen devices, which would allow for its customers to disable voice, data and SMS access to any particular phone or tablet on their account. The feature, which is said to launch on July 10th, requires contacting a customer service representative directly to be activated and must be disabled by the person who originated the block.
[AT&T] sent a message to customer service representatives on Wednesday advising them of the change. According to the guidance, AT&T will compile a “blocklist” of stolen devices and service will be automatically suspended “if any attempt is made to use a device that is stored in the blocklist.”
Hopefully these new security measures by AT&T will help to thwart individuals from stealing smartphones and other mobile devices from their rightful owners. Apple also offers its “Find My iPhone” service for tracking a lost or stolen iPhone, but the feature is useless once the thief powers off or restores the handset.