Stolen mobile devices will be remotely blocked from next year in the Netherlands.
The decision was made after a discussion between the ministers of agriculture and innovation, economics affairs and telecom providers T-Mobile and Vodafone Netherlands.
The devices will be remotely disarmed by blocking their IMEI number, which every phone has.
By disarming the number, mobile devices are practically useless, even if a new SIM card is inserted.
It is currently possible to block an IMEI number in some counties, such as Belgium and the United Kingdom.
This move has led to a decrease in the number of stolen devices.