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Kristin Burnham
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1/15/2014 | 9:27:22 PM
Re: If you want to complain ...
You're spot on. It comes down to to common sense and self-awareness to prevent the problem -- and a kill switch to fix the problem once it's happened. :-)
Li Tan
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1/14/2014 | 10:33:58 PM
Re: If you want to complain ...
This kill switch is more like a contigency plan when the accident occurs instead of a preventive action. The best mitigation would be keeping your i Device safe instead of being causual and getting shocked/upset when your "electronic pet" was stolen. The same thing happened here in Beijing - everyday many i Devices (especially iPhones) got stolen in the crowded metro.
Kristin Burnham
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1/14/2014 | 8:14:39 PM
Re: If you want to complain ...
That kill switch is an interesting idea, but it would have to render the device completely useless -- not just turning off the line. iPhones are basically just iPods with cell service, but you're right: There's no value to a device that isn't functional.
mak63
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1/14/2014 | 4:24:35 PM
Re: If you want to complain ...
I like your idea.The killer switch will make the smartphones useless (hopefully) when they can not be recovered. Why then, a thief will try to steal and sell something worthless?

I'm ignorant at this, but is there any value of a non-working smartphone?

I like to add that even though the goal should zero, 23 per day in a city of roughly 8.5 millions doesn't seem too much. Well that's my point of view. From an i Device owner, 1 is too much, right?
Lorna Garey
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1/14/2014 | 12:06:19 PM
If you want to complain ...
Let's start a letter-writing campaign to congress demanding that kill switches be mandatory, insurance revenue be damned. Seems pretty bi-partisan: Tough on crime plus coming down on carriers, which aren't exactly up there with mom and apple pie in terms of popularity. Who's in?
Kristin Burnham
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1/13/2014 | 8:44:40 PM
Re: iPhone passcodes
My mom is guilty of this. Hates the passcode because she can't see the numbers without her glasses.
Laurianne
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1/13/2014 | 12:07:57 PM
iPhone passcodes
I can't believe how many people don't use an iPhone passcode. Talk about playing with fire.


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