WASHINGTON, March 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
Recipero has announced that it is teaming up with Sprint (NYSE: S) to help prevent the trade and sale of stolen consumer electronics, including Sprint smartphones.
All Sprint retail buyback portals now employ Recipero's CheckMEND online intelligence tool to help identify mobile devices that have been reported lost and stolen. The agreement will also provide consumers and law enforcement greater access to Sprint data on lost and stolen phones through Recipero's CheckMEND and law enforcement solutions.
CheckMEND is the most complete international listing of lost and stolen mobile devices available, comprised of data from major wireless carriers and law-enforcement entities globally. By evaluating all devices using the CheckMEND tool, Sprint can help further prevent smartphones that have been reported lost or stolen from being accepted into its buyback programs.In addition, Sprint is helping to eliminate trafficking in stolen mobile devices in the U.S. and abroad by submitting the respective identification numbers of all devices that have been reported to Sprint as lost or stolen into Recipero's CheckMEND database. Because the CheckMEND database is available to consumers and law-enforcement agencies, consumers are now able to verify that a pre-owned Sprint smartphone has not been reported lost or stolen by running a CheckMEND report before purchasing the device. Similarly law enforcement is now able to verify the status of a Sprint mobile device using Recipero's online tool for law enforcement. "Preserving the safety of our customers, and preventing mobile-device-related crime by eliminating the ability to trade in stolen devices is consistent with Sprint's mission of providing unmatched customer service," said Jeff Auman, Sprint vice president-Product Operations. "We're proud to enter into a new relationship with Recipero and build on our extensive work in curbing mobile-device theft and the sale of stolen smartphones in the United States and abroad." Mark Harman, CEO of Recipero, said: "Sprint's collaboration with Recipero marks a significant step in helping the industry address cellphone crime. The availability of Sprint lost and stolen device data alongside our existing datasets reinforces Recipero's reputation for delivering solutions that aim to help socially whilst providing clear commercial benefits." Sprint has always maintained an internal database of lost and stolen consumer phones, and participates in an industry-wide database that tracks lost and stolen LTE devices. If a Sprint device is reported lost or stolen, Sprint will immediately disable all voice, text and data service for that device. If someone later attempts to activate that stolen phone on the Sprint network, Sprint will reject the phone as invalid.