ABA Journal


Criminal Justice

Should the cellphone industry do more to end the trade in stolen smartphones?

May 2, 2013, 06:30 pm CDT


A problem that is easily solved. Simply require carriers to replace stolen devices at no cost to the subscriber. They will stop carrying devices that are easily used after being stollen and the manufacturers will correct the problem to maintain sales.

By W.R.T. on 2013 05 02, 11:06 pm CDT

@ 1: A free new device has the potential for abuse. I would rather see the carriers be required to offer the consumer a similar replacement phone at about 50% discount, without obligation to the consumer to extend their existing plan longer than the time remaining on their current contract. I believe the carriers actually have a way of deactivating the old SIM card and giving you the same number--but this may depend on the type of phone. If so, people who use their phone for business would experience fewer problems insuring that their contacts got the new information.

By BMF on 2013 05 03, 12:39 am CDT

This is stupid. They already have apps that let you wipe your phone and track your phone if it gets lost or stolen. And I believe you can also remotely disable it. Most people just dont take the time to set up the programs in advance and the cops Are reluctant to investigate cell phone thefts.

By anonymous on 2013 05 03, 7:43 am CDT

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