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New York Wants to Know Why Carriers Nixed Kill Switch

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Dec 12, 2013, 12:08 AM

Sell it & Kill it

If they had kill switches, how many people would use it to screw over other people? Get a phone somewhere, turn around and sell it, after you get the cash, hit the kill switch.
There are so many things wrong with the idea that no explanation for carrier opposition to the idea is really necessary. And honestly, the law is unenforceable. So.....New York state will require that phones sold in their state be different from tho...

Dec 11, 2013, 2:36 PM

Problems with a kill switch

Who really controls it? Is it only accessible by the end-user? How is transfer of control of the kill switch done when phones are sold or given to 3rd or 4th parties. What happens when couples split up and get mad and want to kill the other one's phone? I wouldn't want a remote kill switch on my tv or computer or anything else if I owned. What if the site hosting the kill switch gets hacked and then large amounts of devices are killed? I have no problems with people optionally installing this software on their own but built-in as part of the firmware really worries me about it.
Yup. Also, the fact that the police are concerned about this makes my blood boil.

If cell phone crime accounts for 15% of overall crime rates, they should be throwing a party because guess what? it doesn't really matter. We've become so decadent t...
The part about couples breaking up using the kill switch to screw each other over is important...

When I worked for at&t I personally dealt with literally hundreds of customers who wanted to suspend a phone on their account, some line other than th...

Dec 11, 2013, 9:19 AM

Thanks to Apple...

...this is a discussion that's even happening. Glad they dictate to the carriers as opposed to Samsung's caving to them 😲
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