Telstra cuts stolen mobiles' connections

Telstra will introduce new technology tomorrow to protect the 10,000 mobile phones reported lost and stolen in Australia each year which contribute to spiralling corporate communication costs.

Telstra has invested more than $2 million in the technology which blocks a lost or stolen mobile phone's IMEI (serial) number preventing the device from being used on the Telstra network.

Customers who ring 125 111 will be able to have their lost or stolen mobile handsets 'blocked'.

Telstra claims this initiative will make stolen phones worthless to thieves, and this will apply to other carriers when blocking will be in place across the board by early next year.

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