CNN reports that US mobile carriers are obstructing manufacturers’ attempts to implement a ‘kill switch’ for their smartphones. The aim of a kill switch is to render a phone inoperable if the rightful owner no longer has possession, hence discouraging theft. The implementation of kill switches is being promoted by a number of state attorneys, under the collective campaign banner of Secure Our Smartphones. However, CNN’s reporters suggest that a kill switch feature might indirectly hurt telco profits, by lowering demand for handset insurance.
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