Media reports indicate that a “Kill Switch” will be engineered into all mobile phones sold in the United States after summer of 2015. The major players in the detail include Apple, Samsung, Google and Microsoft. Police departments want it, to reduce the incentive for thieves to snatch cell phones on the streets and in subways, with some encounters becoming increasingly violent.
George Gascon, from San Francisco, reports previous industry resistance based on loss of profits from theft insurance and replacement phones. But cell phone thefts for the past twelve months in the US are up by almost 1 million.