CTIA is an US-based mobile industry trade group. They has launched a tool called “Stolen Phone Checker” powered by GSMA Device Check which lets consumers in the USA look up whether a smartphone has been reported lost or stolen.
The customers can check up to five devices a day using a single device.
“The service provides the wireless industry with the definitive, single source of real-time lost or stolen mobile device data,” dailymail.co.uk reported on Saturday.
“GSMA Device Check” also helps determine the true device model authenticity, which helps calculate an accurate value.
“Stolen Phone Checker” works by looking up a device’s IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identifier), a unique code that get assigned to every phone.
For iPhones, these are printed on the back but in other devices, these can be found in the settings menu.
The service keeps a record of up to 10 years of a smartphone’s history and the device’s model information and capabilities.