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Carriers Nix Cell Phone Kill Switch Over Profit Fears

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Google android device manager

clbowens

Nov 19, 2013, 12:38 PM
What about the Google android device manage (https://www.google.com/android/devicemanager ?hl=en&u=0) that's already out there that lets you ring, lock or erase data from your device remotely (if you set it up to do so)?
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T Bone

Nov 19, 2013, 1:07 PM
It can be thwarted by swapping out the SIM card.....the kill switch makes the device permanently unusable, even if a SIM card switch is performed.
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msteven3

Nov 19, 2013, 2:01 PM
I don't think so. ADM is married to your Google ID, not your SIM card, so switching the SIM won't help. However, if the thief can do a factory reset before the device is locked, ADM won't work.
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DarkStar

Nov 19, 2013, 2:40 PM
All someone would have to do for a factory reset is press a button combination to get into the recovery and do a factory reset. Its quite easy.
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clbowens

Nov 19, 2013, 2:43 PM
Well if someone steals your phone and does a factory reset, at least your data would be safe (...ly deleted).
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