With looters running rampant in the street during the London riots, it’s not surprising that some looters decided to go straight for the smartphones and tablets. We’re guessing that they probably thought they would be able to sell them – after all smartphones and tablets are hot ticket items these days and would definitely fetch the looters a pretty penny.
As it turns out, the networks have been reported that they will start to block the devices that have been stolen, which is easily accomplished as the store owners who have been looted will just need to do an inventory check and send the IMEI numbers of the stolen/lost handsets to the carriers.
The carriers will then lock the devices, thus causing the device to stop working with the SIM within 24 hours. Given that it will take a while for the store owners to do a full inventory check, chances are that some of the looted devices have already been sold to unsuspecting users who may suddenly find themselves with a locked device. Now if you had plans to buy one of the stolen iPhone 4s, our suggestion to you is – don’t.
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