Fake Phones Stolen
from the whoops dept
Derek writes "One of the problems that is more prevalent in Europe than in the Americas is the amount of mobile phones that are stolen. The GSM system's simplicity is partly to blame. Stolen GSM phones can be easily "laundered" by tossing the SIM card, and installing another. With the new SIM card, the phone now works for its new 'owner'. The thefts are not limited to individual phones: warehouses in Denver and Chicago have been robbed in the past year. Well, today we can make fun of the thieves, since the ne'er-do-wells are now properly equipped with 25,000 dummy Ericsson display phones. Had the phones been real, they would be worth $5M. Since they're not, here are some suggestions for the criminals in case they read Techdirt: use as doggie chew toys; baby chew toys; sell it as a working phone to similarly scrupulous morons; match them with 2" by 10" lumber to build shelving; build a display and play 'store'; use the boxes to build a "fort", then lock yourself up inside to practice for when you get sent up to the big house."