Cell phone theft has become an epidemic according to the Federal Communications Commission and the wireless phone companies that are teaming up to fight back for you.
The groups got one heck of a plan that will take stolen phones off the black market.
So, plain and simple your phone will be disabled and blocked once it's reported stolen.
The group is working on a system so your phone is traceable using an unique ID number.
But they aren't stopping there, this group is pretty serious and taking this one step further. The FCC
wants to make it a federal crime for a thief to even open the stolen phone and tampers with it.
One senator said he wants to make a stolen cell phone as worthless as an empty wallet.
Over the next six months, the four largest carriers-- Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-mobile-- are expected to design programs to disable phones reported as stolen, and prevent them from being used on those networks.
Within 18 months, the FCC will merge those databases to create a national program, which prevents a stolen phone from being used on any network.