| |KrKHeavy Artillery For The Little GuyPremium
Re: ? No, not likely.... but neither is that scenario. Most phones are stolen and then sold cheap to someone else or taken to one of those phone reseller shops who will buy them no questions asked and then wipe them, reflash them and resell them.
Example, while typing this I pull up craigslist and type in "iPhone 5" and one of the very first hits:
I will buy any iphone 5/5S/5C, ipad air and samsung galaxy s4 or note 3
I will buy clean esn/bad esn/icloud locked/blacklisted.
The samsung s4 must be tmobile or AT&T.
iPhones any carrier.
Txt or call me anytime 24/7!!
"Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power." -- Benito Mussolini
| |IowaCowboyIowa nativePremiumReviews:
I buy my phones new and anti-theft ideas I buy my phones new and only from corporate Verizon Wireless stores or Best Buy mobile stores.
I would never buy a used phone.
I personally think a good way to combat smartphone theft would be the existing carrier locks and if the user wants to travel overseas they should have to call the carrier, authenticate themselves and have the carrier lock released to insert a foreign sim.
It's the export black market that drives smartphone theft. I think if there was a way to make the phone worthless overseas then that would curb smartphone theft. Or make it so the user has to enter a PIN to insert a different SIM card to unlock the phone. In other words, if you insert a different sim, then you have to enter your pin to unlock the phone. If you don't remember the pin then you should have to get an unlock code from the carrier which the phone was purchased. That should require the user to go to one of their stores with the phone and prove ownership. Then there could be a system to release the pin if the phone is deactivated, which would have to come as a signal to the phone from the home carrier of the phone. This would allow foreign sims, a user would have to enter their pin to (set by user) to activate the foreign SIM and unlock the phone once the sim other than one issued by the home carrier. The same system could be used if you insert a sim from a carrier in the country in which the phone was purchased, no pin required and if you insert an overseas sim then you should have to enter your pin.
I've experienced ImOn (when they were McLeod USA), Mediacom, Comcast, and Time Warner and I currently have DirecTV. They are much better than broadcast TV.
I have not and will not cut the cord.
| |acadielPress fire to beginPremium
Re: Tin Foil Hat time...
said by SunnyD:Yep, I'm waiting for the people holding phones hostage for ransom.... You're going to see hackers threatening to erase phones, etc, just like computers. It'll eventually happen; Android and Apple already have kill switches via their vendors, but the bad guys haven't started doing this yet. They will, give them time.
Just what we need, a mass-market way for the powers that be to selectively turn off means of communication for legitimate individuals. This will NEVER be abused.