Itch3: Anti-lost/theft protection

Ian Stirling openmoko at
Mon Mar 5 02:09:59 CET 2007

t3st3r wrote:
> so, operators are better to secure their networks.

You do realise that this essentially means 'throw away all existing GSM 
phones' ?

If you can clone the IMEI of a phone, the network has no way of telling 
it from the cloned phone.
Yes, you can do potentially clever things on the network thing, like 
disabling new clones of phones in distant locations, but with existing 
phones, there is no way of doing it.

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