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Umm.. A kill switch already exists... It's called the IMEI number and is present in all GSM phones. Once that's blocked, the device can't be used in that country again. We just need to get the few countries that don't enforce it to come into line.

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[quote name='FloatingFatMan' timestamp='1367789683' post='595673816']
Umm.. A kill switch already exists... It's called the IMEI number and is present in all GSM phones. Once that's blocked, the device can't be used in that country again. We just need to get the few countries that don't enforce it to come into line.
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Yes, GSM phones precisely, CDMA phones do not have IMEI number checks, etc.

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Que?

In the US, it's very hard and almost impossible to activate a CDMA phone that's been reported lost or stolen. You need to either work for (and risk your job) or have a contact.

Also, even if the IMEI is reported stolen on a GSM phone, that still doesn't solve the issue. A lot of people don't even know the IMEI to their phone because it's as simple as switching the SIM to the new phone. It doesn't need to be registered with the carrier for it to work in the states.

This also overlooks the fact that people can and do sell stolen goods. A lot of people when buying don't do due diligence and end up buying a phone that tests perfectly except for activation. It's also big to ship them out of the country, regardless of status, for purposes of flashing.

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[quote name='n_K' timestamp='1367792839' post='595673908']
Yes, GSM phones precisely, CDMA phones do not have IMEI number checks, etc.
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Then perhaps they should? Or better yet, time they got rid of that obsolete technology completely.

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"We know that the technology can be developed to prevent this. This is more about social responsibility than economic gain," Gascon said.
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Obviously he doesn't know the carriers too well.

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[quote name='n_K' timestamp='1367792839' post='595673908']
Yes, GSM phones precisely, CDMA phones do not have IMEI number checks, etc.
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IMEI=GSM & ESN=CDMA network.

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*Insert Capt. Obvious.jpg

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Well nearly all smartphones have built in or can download an app to do just that...
My SGS3 came with one built in, and I believe all iPhones do too... (don't know about Nokias but there's no reason they wouldn't come with something installed as well), surely just activate that app?
And if you're really savvy, you can pinpoint where the device in question is cuttently too.

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