Phone-Makers Unite To Put An End To Mobile Phone Theft

The rise of mobile device sales in recent years has put smartphones and tablets at risk of theft as stolen smart devices have now become a hot item in the black market. For this reason, smartphone and tablet makers all over the world have now pledged to work together and put a stop to mobile phone theft. The joint initiative would require all phones manufactured…



The rise of mobile device sales in recent years has put smartphones and tablets at risk of theft as stolen smart devices have now become a hot item in the black market.

For this reason, smartphone and tablet makers all over the world have now pledged to work together and put a stop to mobile phone theft. The joint initiative would require all phones manufactured after July 2015 to have a master kill switch that will remotely brick and wipe phone in the event of theft (a feature already offered by Find my iPhone and Android Device Manager).

A previous study conducted in the United States say that consumers can save around $2.5Billion (worth of replacement costs and insurance) can be saved if a Kill Switch is to be adopted on all mobile phones in the US.

At the moment, Apple, Google, HTC, Huawei, Motorola, Microsoft, Nokia and Samsung have already jump aboard along with five major US cell carriers. 

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