“Kill Switch” Coming To Smartphones Summer 2015

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Many of the world’s biggest mobile carriers have signed on to integrate the “kill switch” into their smartphones as a way to prevent theft.

According to PCMag, all smartphones sold in the U.S. will feature the “kill switch” starting July 2015.

Many of the leading companies have voluntarily signed on for this program, including Apple, Nokia, T-Mobile, Verizon, Google, and Samsung.

New smartphones from these companies will come either preloaded with the function or offer the option to download it, allowing users to remotely remove all personal data such as photos, contacts, emails and other information from the device and lock the phone so that it cannot be used without a password.

“We appreciate the commitment made by these companies to protect wireless users,” CTIA CEO Steve Largent said in a statement. “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.”

A recent study from a data science professor at Creighton University believes that the “kill switch” function could save around $2.6 billion annually.