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Cell Phone Security

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000168271D
Original Publication Date: 2008-Mar-26
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2008-Mar-26

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Cell phone theft and its re-use is becoming a major problem in all countries. Most people have important data stored on the cell phone which is irrecoverably lost if it is stolen. Moreover, the stolen cell phone may be used for calls leading to a large cell phone bill for the legal owner. Currently, cell phones are usually protected by the cell phone PIN (Personal Identification Number). If the PIN protection is enabled on the cell phone, the PIN code has to be entered each time the cell phone is switched on. More sophisticated solutions are also provided with biometric authentication control such as print recognition or voice recognition. Furthermore, the service provider has to be informed immediately about the cell phone theft or loss so that no unauthorized calls can be made from the cell phone.