iPhone thefts are down as a result of kill switch technology in iOS 7
One of the debates in the mobile phone industry is whether or not so-called kill switches can actually reduce smartphone theft. Well, early indications suggest that they do. Authorities in New York and San Francisco -- two locations where smartphone theft is a growing epidemic -- say they've seen a drop in iPhone robberies since Apple implemented its Activation Lock feature in iOS 7.
What's holding smartphone makers back from implementing a kill switch?
A new research report suggests that if smartphone makers implemented a technology into handsets to remotely disable them when stolen, it could potentially save consumers $2.6 billion per year. For that number to be accurate, a kill switch would need to be mandatory in mobile devices. It takes into the account the cost of replacing a stolen smartphone as well as how much is spent on smartphone insurance.
We'll go ahead an assume you're already aware of the situation in Egypt, which prompted the Egyptian government to effectively shut off the Internet. The question we want to know the answer to is, how did they do it?
Online general interest rag Slate posted an interesting article on how this was accomplished, noting that there's no 'red button' that instantly cuts off access to cyberspace. According to Slate, the Egyptian government had to rely on the cooperation of Egypt's four biggest ISPs, which includes Link Egypt, Vodafone/Raya, Telecom Egypt, and Etisalat Misr. As Vodafone explains, government officials have the legal authorities to order a stoppage of service.