Brazil had 4.7 million ‘blocked’ cellphones at end-2006

28 Feb 2007

According to a report from the IT news site Baguete, Brazil had nearly 4.7 million blocked mobile telephones at the end of 2006. The country’s mobile devices register Cemi, which tracks the number of blocked phones, says 3.73 million of the total were for CDMA/TDMA handsets while a further 977,660 were GSM. The primary reasons for blocking a phone are lost and stolen handsets. São Paulo state was responsible for 1.57 million blocked CDMA phones, ahead of Rio de Janeiro state with 592,494 and Rio Grande do Sul with 320,449. São Paulo also topped the list of blocked GSM handsets, with 811,671. At the end of January 2007 Brazil was home to more than 101 million mobile phones, up 15.1% year-on-year.