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The phone industry is really looking after its customers. If you're thinking of buying a smartphone after July of n...
The phone industry is really looking after its customers. If you're thinking of buying a smartphone after July of next year, and it gets stolen, you needn't worry about your privacy. Tech giants, including Microsoft, Apple, Samsung, Google, Motorola, Nokia and Huawei, have agreed to be part of the “Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment,” introduced by the CTIA, the association that speaks for US carriers.
The “commitment” implies that smartphones manufactured after July 2015 in the US will have an anti-theft tool included, which will either be mounted or downloaded. US carriers also included in this “commitment” include AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint and US Cellular.
The “kill switch” anti-theft tool enables smartphone users to erase all personal data stored in the device in case it gets stolen or lost. Moreover, this tool enables access and backup of all data erased in the event of repossession of the mobile device. If the phone reaches an unauthorized user, the handset will lock itself until a password or PIN is provided. Consumers can also use alternative technological solutions if their smartphones allow it.
As safety and security are the wireless industry's priority, Steve Largent, president and CEO of the CTIA, claims, “This flexibility provides consumers with access to the best features and apps that fit their unique needs while protecting their smartphones and the valuable information they contain.”