|[April 10, 2012]
Sprint Supports the FCC and CTIA-The Wireless Association® in Deterring Smartphone Theft and Protecting Consumer Data
WASHINGTON --(Business Wire)--
(NYSE:S), joined the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC) and CTIA (News - Alert)-The Wireless Association® in
committing to an industry wide initiative designed to curb smartphone
theft and help smartphone users protect their device's data.
"Smartphone theft is an issue that Sprint (News - Alert) has always taken seriously and
we have already implemented a number of steps to mitigate the
inconvenience the theft or loss of a smartphone might cause," said Vonya
B. McCann, senior vice president of Government Affairs for Sprint. "The
FCC's (News - Alert) new initiative is consistent with Sprint's commitment to our
customers and we look forward to working on these measures with phone
manufacturers and other carriers within the wireless industry."
Today, Sprint also launched sprint.com/stolenphone
- a comprehensive ite with information and frequently asked questions
about measures Sprint customers can take to protect their phone's
security and data.
Sprint encourages its customers to use passwords on their devices to
avoid unauthorized use and makes software applications available that
allow its customers to find, lock or wipe data from their phone remotely.
When a Sprint customer reports their lost or stolen phone, Sprint
immediately restricts further voice, text and data use until the
customer lets Sprint know the device has been located or the customer
activates a replacement device.
If the lost or stolen device is replaced or the service is discontinued,
the device's ESN or IMEI code is placed on Sprint's lost and stolen
database which prevents it from future reactivation on Sprint's network.
About Sprint Nextel (News - Alert)
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline
communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers,
businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 55
million customers at the end of 2011 and is widely recognized for
developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including
the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United
States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid
brands including Virgin Mobile (News - Alert) USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance
Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities;
and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Newsweek ranked Sprint No.
3 in its 2011 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation's greenest
companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn
more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com
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