Free Mobile attacks SFR in court over smartphone blacklist operation

Tuesday 3 December 2019 | 08:32 CET | News

French operator Free Mobile took rival SFR to court in a case linked to a blacklist operation that targeted 300,000 smartphones, reports Les Echos. In 2018, the Iliad subsidiary enforced the GSMA-backed procedure on handsets that had not been returned at the end of the rental period.

Orange and Bouygues Telecom complied with the request to block blacklisted devices. At first, SFR also carried out its obligations but was later accused of allowing a number of blacklisted smartphones to operate on its network.

A court order was issued to force SFR to disclose whether any of the 300,000 IMEI numbers were in use within its customer base. Free Mobile took this action to establish a claim for damages against its rival. When the case arrived at the Paris court of appeal, the judge sided with SFR. Free Mobile declined to comment on whether it would be pursuing the matter further. 

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Categories: Mobile & Wireless
Companies: Free Mobile / SFR
Countries: France
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