Stolen Phones Don't Work Anymore

NETVISA is a company setup to ensure that GSM Phone theft becomes a thing of the past in Nigeria.

Lost or stolen mobile phones will now become almost worthless, because once reported as missing by their owners they will be blocked on all mobile networks across Nigeria.Each year in Nigeria, more than two million (2,000,000) mobile phones are reported lost or stolen. This equates to 38500 each week or 3 (three) mobile phone handsets every minute.From February 2009, all mobile phone carriers will actively block lost or stolen phones on their networks, inter-carrier blocking is made possible by NetVisa’s Central Equipment Identity Registry (CEIR). This NCC Mobile Phone Anti-Theft Initiative is the first of its kind in Africa.This is an excellent example of the mobile phone industry working together and with government, law enforcement agencies and consumer groups to achieve a better social outcome.

The NCC, mobile phone industry and NetVisa are making a huge investment in developing more effective security features that make the theft of mobile phones fruitless. By making use of these features and by observing a few simple guidelines you can help put thieves out of business - and save yourself a lot of inconvenience and expense. Mobile security is in your hands. Digital networks can disable a mobile phone completely using its IMEI number. Mobile networks can track this number through calls made on their networks and if a person tries to re-register a phone that is reported as lost or stolen they will be identified. The system automatically blocks or unblocks a handset on any GSM network by sharing information in a central database called the NetVisa CEIR Platform, a form of National IMEI Clearing House.

The International Mobile Equipment Identity or IMEI (pronounced /aɪˈmi/) is a number unique to every GSM and UMTS mobile phone as well as some satellite phones. It is usually found printed on the phone underneath the battery.The IMEI number is used by the GSM network to identify valid devices and therefore can be used to stop a stolen phone from accessing the network. For example, if a mobile phone is stolen, the owner can call his or her network provider and instruct them to "ban" the phone using its IMEI number. This renders the phone useless, regardless of whether the phone's SIM is changed. All Mobile Network Operators both GSM and CDMA send a list of phones to be blocked or unblocked each day or in real time and also receive the details of phones to be blocked or unblocked from the other service providers. This means once a lost, stolen or found mobile phone has been reported to a service provider it can be blocked or unblocked within 24 hours. The whole process is facilitated through an Electronic Information Exchange messaging platform hosted and operated by NetVisa Mobile Device Security.

You can register your phone today to secure it at

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