AT&T is reportedly working on a solution that will allow its customers to block phones that are lost or stolen. An image received by The Verge suggests the carrier is planning to launch the new option as soon as July 10. Instead of completely deactivating the phone's SIM card, the new option will simply block all calls and text messages from being placed. This option makes it easier for customers to quickly activate their phones again once the device is found or retrieved. The option also applies to tablets sold by AT&T and "only the person who originated a block may request block removal," the image says. AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and Sprint also announced in April that, together, the carriers will keep a database of stolen phones.

[via The Verge]