Kill Switch in iPhone is Working, Microsoft and Google to Follow Suit

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MaximumMike

It seems that I remember seeing a kill switch built into KitKat on my Note 3. I'm pretty sure Android already has a kill switch.

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DOS 1

PCWolf you racist ass, how do you know that the phones are stolen?

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MaximumMike

>>PCWolf you racist ass, how do you know that the phones are stolen?

Funny thing is that for a couple years I ran a cellphone store in a bad neighborhood for an Arab. I observed this stereotype first hand. And I had to turn away many used phone purchases because the phones were indeed stolen, and even then I still got burned on a few phones. But in all fairness, the city where I ran the store was more than 80% black. I would expect the racial demographic to change correspondingly in an 80% white city. And though I agree that PCWolf's statement is quite racist, I can verify that the stereotype does exist in some places.

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MaximumMike

double post

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acidic

just use the kill switch on ALL crApple phones and the world will be a much better place

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PCWolf

To be quite honest. this is stupid. Any carrier can block a Phone from it's network by simply locking out the IMEI number. The reason they never did was because they make money from the insurance scams they all have going on. Also, software blocking is a waste of time. Once they figure out how to basically "reformat" the phone, the thefts will go right back up. The only way thefts will stop are:

1: All phones IMEI numbers must be registered. Changing the IMEI Number on the phone must be IMPOSSIBLE, or this wont work.

2: When a phone is Lost/Stolen, The owner calls carrier and the phones IMEI is added to a special Blacklist. This carrier Blacklist must be used by all carriers. Only the phones registered owner can have their phone added to the Blacklist.

3: All carriers must use the same Black List. Any carrier not blocking Blacklisted IMEI's will face a $100k fine.

This may cause problems for the used cell phone market, but then again, stolen cell phones are often sold as used on E-bay or sent to other countries. I have seen many Black Teens trying to sell stolen cell phones in Arab stores in Brooklyn & the cops just don't care.

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Enigmatic Magus

The kill switch isn't on the phone. Activation Lock on an iPhone is based on the device's serial number. When an iPhone has Find my iPhone turned on, that activates the system. If someone steals the phone, the owner can lock it down or hunt it down on the iCloud website, or remote wipe it. If the thief has turned it off, or put it in a farraday cage to prevet it from being located while they work on it, the owner can flag it for remote wiping next time it's accessible via wifi or cellular data.

If someone steals it, shuts it off, then wipes the phone clean without it connecting to the internet and the apple servers, the phone will start up, but ask to be activated before you can even start to use it. When you connect it to the activation servers, it reads the serial number, sees the phone is already registered to an account, and requires the password of the account to be used from that point.

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maverick knight

your theory might work, except that it still would not prevent unauthorized access to the phone itself. Plus, stolen phones are used for spare parts, too.