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Stolen Jolla's - IMEI

asked 2014-02-15 20:23:01 +0300

m2 gravatar image

updated 2014-07-24 13:23:23 +0300

I find irritating that none of the phone manufacturers will not block stolen phones from accessing their Apps Stores or make it else useless to the thief. As for example Apple collects all sort of information about the user when he/she accesses Apple App Store including IMEI which is unique for every phone but will not trace or block the phone when it has been stolen!!!

Does Jolla plan to render stolen phones useless to the thief somehow and lead the way and maybe protect the rightful owners and make those phones undesirable to thief?

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In Usa they will pass legislation for a kill switch on smartphones

teun ( 2014-02-15 20:29:40 +0300 )edit

@Tanghus: I have seen that post as well, but I do not think that is going to discourage thief's / re-selling stolen phones.

What is happening at the moment is that the phone when stolen will get blocked (if reported) in the country where the crime has taken place, but usually they get exported to Africa / South America / Asia where it will work and the IMEI block from lets say UK put on it in the operators database is not enforced and track and trace will be very difficult to enforce as well I would say ....

More options there is to make the stolen phone worthless the better for their rightful owners ;)

m2 ( 2014-02-15 21:39:18 +0300 )edit

@teun Will the kill switch work worldwide if the phone gets switched off as soon as is stolen and exported? ;)

m2 ( 2014-02-15 21:41:38 +0300 )edit

@m2: Hence my "related" intro instead of "duplicate" :)

Tanghus ( 2014-02-15 22:51:00 +0300 )edit

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answered 2014-02-15 22:27:18 +0300

updated 2014-02-15 22:27:43 +0300

Best thing you can really do is to set a device lock and lock your bootloader. It makes the device practically useless to anybody not knowing the code. Factory resets are not even possible.

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Are you sure, there no crack software can do it ? What the number allowed length digit key for bootloader ?

redge73 ( 2014-02-15 22:41:32 +0300 )edit

can you please post 'how to' for those (including me) who do not know how to do it please?

m2 ( 2014-02-15 22:55:35 +0300 )edit

And person can't basically send to care center and ask to flash?

ZogG ( 2014-02-15 23:50:53 +0300 )edit

@redge73 EMEi can be easily changed/blocked for $2 at every second corner. Zero protection. Device-lock and proper encryption is what you are looking for imho.

sebsauer ( 2014-02-16 09:42:50 +0300 )edit

@ZogG: I'm sure they would have to provide at least some proof of purchase.

nthn ( 2014-02-16 11:32:35 +0300 )edit

answered 2014-07-24 13:38:22 +0300

Philippe De Swert gravatar image

Also if you report your phone stolen you can also get the imei blocked. Which pretty much reduces it use.

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In that particular country where the theft taken place only :(
Most of the stolen phones are therefore exported (like cars) to another part of world.

m2 ( 2014-08-01 21:05:22 +0300 )edit

Actually the blocked IMEIs usually go EU wide if we talk EU.

Philippe De Swert ( 2014-08-02 09:00:13 +0300 )edit

@Philippe De Swert:
that is hardly going to discourage thief in exporting it to other parts of world :(

m2 ( 2015-01-07 21:51:21 +0300 )edit

answered 2014-10-26 09:20:48 +0300

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updated 2014-10-26 09:25:29 +0300

Would Avast release a native Sailfish version of Mobile Security, this issue would be solved. This is unlikely as long as the Sailfish ecosystem is underdeveloped. In the mean time, the Android version may help, with some serious limitations.

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