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Verizon customers in Denver are having phones ordered without their knowledge

by: William Neilson JrFebruary 10, 2015
Verizon customers in the area are receiving bills for phones that they never ordered.
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California finalizes its kill switch bill, comes into effect July 1st 2015

by: Rob TriggsAugust 26, 2014
California has just signed a bill into law requiring that future smartphones sold in the state come with a kill switch installed as default.
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Woman refuses to give phone to robber and then gets shot

by: William Neilson JrJuly 21, 2014

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A Houston woman was recently being mugged when she refused to hand over her Samsung Galaxy phone to the mugger.

While outside her friend’s house, the woman said that she was approached by a male who told that if she didn’t hand over her phone, he would shoot her.

Her response?

“I’m not giving you my phone sir.” – CNET

She then prepared to be shot and shortly was shot. After the shot was fired, the woman’s friend dragged the victim into her house where the mugger then tried to enter the friends house.

“We were both pushing on the door trying to shut it. He got it open this much,” said friend [...]

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California Senate votes down bill for mandatory anti-theft kill switches

by: Jonathan FeistApril 25, 2014
A "kill switch" bill went before California state Senate this week. The bill would have made it mandatory for device manufacturers to install a method for rendering stolen devices inoperable. After the votes were tallied, 19 in favor and 17 against simply did not meet the 21 votes needed to pass the bill.
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Google, Samsung and others agree to anti-theft remote kill-switch

by: Shawn IngramApril 15, 2014
Most smartphones will have the ability for users to remotely wipe and lock them down in case they’re stolen after July 2015 thanks to a new industry initiative. Read on for more!
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Samsung Galaxy S5 to come with anti-theft features pre-installed, on Verizon and US Cellular

by: Rob TriggsApril 7, 2014
Verizon and US Cellular have come to an agreement with Samsung to help protect its new flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone from theft.
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Why don’t we have kill switches in smartphones?

by: Simon HillMarch 4, 2014
We explore the idea of smartphone kill switches as legislation is presented in the U.S. to make them a legal requirement. What would a kill switch offer over current solutions, what are the potential drawbacks, and would it work anyway?
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Smartphones ship with a built with “Kill Switch” in South Korea

by: Rob TriggsAugust 20, 2013
The South Korean government has introduced legislation which requires all domestic smartphones to be manufactured with a built-in kill switch that will render any stolen smartphones inoperable even if it's formatted.
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Samsung might launch its anti-theft feature for smartphones as soon as July

by: David GonzalesJune 15, 2013
Samsung is said to be working on delivering a kill switch feature for smartphones as soon as July. Would you feel safer knowing that such an anti-theft feature exists?
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Would a “kill switch” help prevent smartphone theft? NY and SF prosecutors think so

by: Rob TriggsJune 13, 2013
US prosecutors from New York and San Francisco are calling for smartphones to be built with a "kill switch" which can be used to deactivate the device if it's reported stolen, the aim being to deter would-be thieves.
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