CRC continues to crackdown on phone theft

12 Apr 2013

Colombia’s Communication Regulation Commission (CRC) has introduced additional measures to combat mobile phone theft as part of an ongoing campaign in partnership with the government, the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and law enforcement authorities. Under the new measures, operators will make checks on subscribers that use their SIM in a different device, to ensure that the equipment has been registered. Customers that use their SIM in an unregistered device will be sent a message informing them that they have 15 days to complete registration – a process which usually involves reporting the hardware’s international mobile station equipment identity (IMEI) number for entry into a national database. If the device is not registered in this timeframe, it will be blocked from being used on Colombian networks. The device can be unlocked later, though the user may be called upon to provide additional documentation.