AT&T will launch a new service for reporting and blocking stolen devices on July 10, according to a new report. Citing a trusted source, The Verge reports that the service will let customers deny voice, data, and SMS access to any individual device while keeping their account intact. According to an internal message sent to AT&T customer service representatives, the company will compile a “blocklist” of stolen devices, which will be used to automatically suspend service if an attempt is made to use a device on the list. Customers will need to contact customer service directly to add their device to the list, and will also be asked to activate any remote wipe features of their devices beforehand so as to “prevent access to their personal information.”
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