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Authorities’ attempts to control the sale of stolen cell phones


#Stealing cell phones and selling them without any consequence is not a new practice in the #Dominican #Republic. #For more than 15 years, authorities and telephone companies have announced various actions to prevent this from happening.

#One of the biggest problems that the #Dominican #Institute of #Telecommunications (#Indotel) has faced is the number of dealers and people who activate cell phones and sell #Chips behind the #Telecommunications #Law, 153-98.

#In mid-2006 #Indotel announced that it had authorized 92 dealers to resell telecommunications services, indicating that only in the first semester of 2005 73 thousand 878 series of stolen and / or lost cell phones were reported, calling on the public to report the thefts to the #User #Assistance #Center (CAU).

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#At that time, the #Dominican #Institute of #Telecommunications issued resolution number 092-02, which establishes control mechanisms to detect, prevent and punish the activation of mobile phones that are subject to theft or loss.

#This provision provides that mobile phone service providers, their representatives, reseller agents, distributors or any person authorized to market these services to the public, may not activate mobile phones that have been reported as stolen or lost by their respective owners or tenants.

#To this is added that on different occasions the #Indotel and the #Department of #Investigation of #Crimes and #High #Technology #Crimes (DICAT) of the #National #Police raided several cell phone stores that were dedicated to “laundering cell phones with denied series, changing the” IMEI : #International #Mobile #Equipment #Identity ”and activate stolen mobiles.

#Another measure announced by the #Dominican #Institute of #Telecommunications in 2014 was the prohibition of the sale of chips without presenting the identity card.

#In 2015, #Indotel and the phone companies, together with the #Global #Mobile #Ecosystem #Association (GSMA), signed an agreement to prevent stolen phones from being activated.

The agreement indicated that mobile operators would connect to the GSMA database of stolen equipment, to exchange the identification numbers of the IMEI devices and thus block the activation of reported equipment in other networks.

#In 2016, in light of the rise in mobile phone thefts, #Indotel announced 8 measures that included: #Note down the data of the mobile device, such as the SIM card #Pin and IMEI; #When traveling on the streets, mobile equipment should be stored in a place that is the least visible; use hands-free tools (loudspeaker, earphones) when you need to answer a call.

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#In addition, make backup copies of the information stored in the device; protect your computer with passwords; install the application or tracking program, in case of theft or loss, report the mobile equipment to the service provider. #In this way, he manages to disable the option to make and receive calls and change the access passwords.

#In #February 2017 and together with the launch of its new portal, #Indotel, it reported that it would have an application so that citizens can check if mobile phones have been stolen. #It is on your page and works by writing the IMEI of the cell phones. (https://gsma.indotel.gob.do/respuesta-de-imei/).

#New measures

#By #February 6, 2021, #Indotel announced that service providers must install equipment for people to activate a cell phone, such as photographs and the placement of their fingerprints.

The new president of the #Dominican #Institute of #Telecommunications, #Nelson #Arroyo informed #Listín #Diario that through various resolutions a record of the IMEI of cell phones will be kept at the time of activation, to determine that it has not been stolen.

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