Originally Posted by Noles26
What happens is the phones are reported stolen to their specific carrier.
The thief then "unlocks" them so that they can be used on other carriers. For some reason, the carriers do not communicate this to one another.
That and if it's a phone someone is actually using it often has a lot of valuable data on it. If nothing else they will often have a smart phone app from some big box retailer set up for one click shopping. Most people don't seem to put any sort of password or PIN on their lock screen either.
I won't be wronged. I won't be insulted. I won't be laid a-hand on. I don't do these things to other people, and I require the same from them. - John Bernard Books(John Wayne in The Shootist)