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Wireless Industry: Don't Require Carriers To Shut Off Stolen Phones


People try the new Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system on October 11, 2010 in New York, New York. The phone, which will be available in the United States on AT&T's network, looks to compete with the iPhone, Android and BlackBerry smartphones.(Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Consumers, not wireless carriers, should be responsible for preventing mobile devices from being lost or stolen, according to CTIA-The Wireless Association.

The industry association is pushed back against Sen. Chuck Schumer's suggestion that wireless carriers should permanently deactivate stolen cellphones.

In a statement released Monday, CTIA argued that the any federal requirements would be an overreach and could possibly cause more problems than they solve.

"CTIA understands that when consumers have their mobile devices lost or stolen, it is an unfortunate situation as they often contain a lot of personal information," said CTIA President Steve Largent. "We urge Congress to not impose unnecessary regulations on the wireless industry that would cause unintended consequences."

During an event at a Manhattan AT&T store on Sunday, Schumer, a New York Democrat, called on phone companies to deactivate stolen cellphones, according to the New York Daily News.

Many companies only disable access to users' personal information, rather than the entire phone.

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