11/19/2009 10:44:00 AM
MICAF runs fifth annual phone blocking tests
The mobile industry crime action forum (MICAF) has been running independent tests on operators to ensure they are meeting their commitment to block stolen phones within the agreed time.
All five networks have committed to incentives such as Sim cards and handsets being blocked within 24 hours after a stolen phone has been reported. During that period they must also pass on the necessary information to the other networks.
The tests are carried out anonymously, and the operators will receive the results in the coming weeks.
MICAF chairman Jack Wraith (pictured) said: ‘The pressure has been very much on the operators for the last six to nine months. Last year, one of the operators failed the tests and was put under pressure from the others to correct it. They have now put in place corrective procedures.’
The industry is under the remit to provide the results of the report to the National Mobile Phone Crime Unit and the Home Office to prove that the undertakings given in the MICAF charter are being met.
The operators signed the MICAF charter of commitment in 2004 to ensure that phones are blocked within the set amount of time.
Wraith said: ‘The test highlights the importance of consumers reporting stolen handsets as quickly as possible to have these procedures put