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    Alert Vodacom and others

    Well I think it is high time, that vodacom and other mobile providers marry the sim card to the phone to prevent phone theft. This has worked very well in terms of DSTV. What your thoughts on that.

    Technology could be used in further ways to prevent theft, like our propertie could be married to our houses with some kind of chip.

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    A transponder hidden in the house and a number of chips that you insert into any electronic devices (TV, PC, microwave, fridge, etc.) that will only work when the divice is within reach. If chip is removed device fails to work even if a new chip is installed. Chip can only be zeroed by manufacturer agent after a RICA type procedure.
    Car and laptops etc. a transponder on your keyring so they are mobile but must be in the vicinity of the keys to work???
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    Seriously doubt that would prevent phone theft
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    Quote Originally Posted by nkawit View Post
    Seriously doubt that would prevent phone theft
    It won't prevent the theft initially but after stealing it it will be useless so that would negate the resale value making phones useless to steal in the first place.
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    Most mobile devices like computers have a MAC address that is one of a kind in every device. I don't know if the same is true with mobile phones but if it did then no amount of flashing will ever get rid of it. Meaning you will know if was stolen or not regardless of being flashed of a new SIM card.

    Then the networks can trace the phone making it worthless for the criminal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Norri View Post
    I agree but that is only because the manufacture allowed for it. If the manufacture wants to they can make it so that the MAC cannot be changed. It is really not that difficult I remember the day of the old ROM chips that could only be flashed once and you can embed it so critically in the phone that it will not function without the component.

    Fact it can be done… The question is why haven't they done it already?
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    Quote Originally Posted by adrianh View Post
    Cell phone companies can black list phones via this number but have chosen not to do so.
    I thought this was the whole idea behind forcing people to report stolen cellphones
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave A View Post
    I thought this was the whole idea behind forcing people to report stolen cellphones
    Well education is key, now that we know phones have these numbers we can insist that it be used. If the companies in question do not want to use these numbers then they are aiding a criminal and then why not keep them responsible for the theft then? After all they are the once refusing to blacklist the phone and track it?
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