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US, Mexico Teaming Up to Fight Cross-Border Mobile Device Trafficking

The Federal Communications Commission and its Mexican counterpart plan to announce an initiative on Tuesday aiming to cut down on theft and trafficking of mobile devices.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, along with Mexico’s Olavarria Tapia, will announce the project at a Washington, D.C., event. The move follows a U.S. effort announced in April to create a shared industry database to help prevent use of stolen devices.

In a statement, the FCC said that mobile theft is on the rise and noted there are reports that some devices stolen in the U.S. are being resold in Mexico and Latin America.


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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus