2 Nov 2004
One of the Netherlands’ leading cellcos Vodafone is to begin implementing a move to permanently ban stolen handsets from using its mobile networks. The plan involves outlawing the changing of unique registration (IMEI) numbers, a policy which the company believes will facilitate the further development of its international registration of stolen mobiles – already in place in eleven Vodafone-served countries. The move follows a campaign initiated by Dutch Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner. According to police records, more than 240,000 mobile phones are stolen in the Netherlands each year.