Industry Takes Lead to Halt Mobile Phone Theft

The GSM Association (GSMA) and leading manufacturers including Alcatel, Motorola, NEC, Nokia, Panasonic, Sagem, Siemens and Sony Ericsson announce agreement on measures to drastically reduce the theft of mobile phones in the world.
The GSM Association, the global trade association for mobile operators, together with the world’s leading mobile phone manufacturers have established a series of comprehensive measures to enhance the integrity of handset identities (IMEI – International Mobile Equipment Identity). As a result, the effectiveness of Equipment Identity Registers (EIR) currently in use to disable further use of phones once reported stolen, will be greatly improved.
In parallel with today’s announcement, the GSM Association is undertaking a concerted drive to extend and enhance the Central Equipment Identity Register (CEIR), its global database register of stolen phones, so that GSM mobile operators can work together to prevent the reuse of stolen phones. Previous to this agreement, the potential impact of the Association’s database was compromised by security weaknesses in some handsets.