The Namibian (Windhoek)

14 May 2008

Namibia: Stolen Phones to Be Blacklisted

Windhoek — STAKEHOLDERS in the mobile telecoms industry have established a co-operation agreement to blacklist all phones that are reported as stolen.

The agreement between Cell One and MTC is aimed at ensuring that mobile operators share information about stolen handsets and prevent them from being used on the various networks.

Commenting on the cooperation agreement, Cell One's Corporate Communications Manager, Rejoice Itembu, said her company was concerned about the increasing incidence of cellphone theft and related fraudulent activities.

"With greater cooperation among stakeholders we will be able to make it difficult for criminals to find a safe haven where stolen phones are used unabated," she said.

Mobile phone users are advised to immediately report stolen phones to the nearest Police station to ensure that the blacklisting process is conducted legally.

Stolen cellphones are identified by their unique serial number and once proof of theft is submitted, such a phone is added to the database of stolen phones.

Itembu said Cell One would further share the list of blacklisted phones with other operators in Namibia to ensure that the phones are blocked on those networks as well.

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