Leading names in the smartphone business, including arch nemeses Apple and Samsung, have formed a pact to give all future phones with an anti-theft kill switch.
Apple, Samsung and other big smartphone manufactures have all agreed to add the feature, which will essentially turn the stolen device into a brick.
The agreement means that all phones sold in the US from July 2015 will have a kill switch to let theft victims to remotely wipe their device and prevent it from being reactivated without a pin or password, according to the CTIA.
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Apple, Samsung, Google, HTC, Nokia, Microsoft, Motorola and Huawei are members of the alliance.
There's a very good chance that this scheme will quickly move beyond the US and we're following up with some manufacturers to see what the plan is.
The new anti-theft mechanism will either come preloaded on phones starting July next year, or will be available to download.
- Having your phone stolen will be especially annoying if you built it yourself