Kill switch to reduce phone theft

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Smartphones are expensive, and it costs even more money if yours is lost or stolen. 22News found out what cell providers are doing to stop thieves from getting your phone.

Over a dozen smartphone makers and carriers are working together to provide anti-theft software on their phones. Apple, Google, and Verizon are among those providers. The software would allow you to lock up the phone when it goes missing or is stolen. You would only be able to unlock it with a password.

Some told 22News they didn’t think this “kill switch” would make a difference.

Aljava Johnson of Holyoke told 22News, “That won’t help because you can still sell the phone. You can do whatever because there are people out there who know how to work with electronics. That’s why you got a bunch of people doing what they do. I don’t know why they steal phones.”

There are fears in the wireless industry that the kill switch could make phones vulnerable to hackers. This software isn’t expected to be available on phones until July of next year.

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