AT&T to launch service to disable stolen iPhones

iPhone owners can sleep a little easier — well, at least, those on the AT&T    network.

AT&T will launch a service July 10 that will block stolen or lost iPhones without forcing a device wipe that would erase any unsaved data, The Verge reports.

Subscribers can soon request their stolen iPhone be put on a “blocklist,” rendering the device unusable, reports The Verge, citing a document AT&T sent to customer service representatives.

“AT&T is creating a stolen phone database to prevent devices reported stolen from accessing wireless networks,” AT&T spokesman Lance Skelly said. “We are working toward a cross-carrier solution for later this year.”

The only way to add a device to the list will be by contacting a customer service representative directly, and users with remote data wipe apps will be required to activate them before suspending their device, to “prevent access to their personal information,” The Verge reported.

 Staff Writer- Atlanta Business Chronicle

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