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Will a cell phone kill switch ever happen?

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Major cell phone carriers, including AT&T, Sprint and U.S. Cellular, are opposed to the idea of kill switches. A kill switch would wipe your phone out if lost or stolen, making it worthless.

But the cell phone industry is resistant because of two big reasons: privacy and security.

Roger Cheng of CNET explains that carriers claim it is a security issue, because a hacker could kill your phone even if it isn't lost or stolen.

But the chance of getting your phone stolen is higher than it being hacked.

Many phones do have security features. The iPhone, for instance, has a security passcode option and a tool called find my iPhone.

Bill Stanton, a security expert, believes security measures already in place are good enough. He says that if your phone is lost or stolen, you can call your carrier and have it shut shut down the phone.

But one problem with that option is that even if you report your phone stolen and it is shut down, it can still be resold on the street and reactivated. That is why the kill switch idea is being proposed: to make it worthless.

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