According to Rogers, there have been a lot of recent thefts from their corporate stores, 3rd party stores as well as various shipping and logistics points. To prevent future thefts, Rogers is implementing an international equipment registry to block the usage of stolen handset inventory. The system uses your device’s unique IMEI to block the phone and disable it over 40 GSM networks worldwide. This system will probably prevent many device thefts in the long term, but I doubt anyone stealing a BlackBerry knows about IMEI or the new blocking system. It will for sure take the thieves time to figure it out.
More details about Rogers’ new system after the jump