of course all in the name of protecting the citizens and their merchandise? Yeah, or more like protecting the cops from being recorded and / or killing all communication so people can't warn others... Transparency at its best...
I think it's a pretty good idea, should be something the consumer themselves could do, like go online and disable it, or call the manufacturer etc. Parents may even like this idea...get your kid an iPod/iPhone for their birthday and find out kids and smart gadgets don't mix well/ruin them socially? there you go... don't shut your wifi off... kill their device instead! (Yes, I am having that exact problem with a 13 year old with an iPod... lol)
No what should be done is the criminals should be dealt with. Cellphone theft is the ultimate honeypot for cops and what we really need is expedited systems for tracking authorizing etc.
My dad had his phone stoled 4x and each time went through the looong annoying process of getting a court order to get the police to trace the phone, every time they got the phone back in a matter of days since you can home in on these things really easily with the call tower signal triangulation.
I think it would send a MUCH stronger message to criminals if you catch and punish them than to essentially go "Okay you got us criminals we cant deal with you so we'll just make it that when you steal a phone and beat someone senseless that the phone will lose its value"
Not to mention that by the time you got home and filed a report the phone could already have been sold and this whole kill switch thing would have accomplished nothing.
AVG Mobile allows you to lock your phone from a remote location and locate where your phone is while it is turned off
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