Lex Friedman, 18 Sep' 2013
The theft of iOS devices is rampant throughout the world, but Apple obviously doesn't want people to have to hide their iPhones in fake Blackberry cases to use them in public without fear. Phone carriers could dramatically reduce theft by refusing to activate stolen phones (every device enabled for cellular service has a unique hardware ID), but so far the carriers have been slow to act. And even if the U.S. created a registry of stolen phones, it's unlikely all foreign carriers would follow suit, so the bad guys would simply ship stolen phones overseas. more..