It probably depends on how easy it is to bypass the kill switch, right?
2.8 Million Reasons Why Smartphones Need To Come With Kill Switches – Consumerist
Earlier this week, Apple made a lot of customers happy when they announced that the next iteration of its iOS operating system for iPhones would integrate a so-called “kill swtich” technology that enables the owner to cripple the phone remotely when it’s lost or stolen. And that’s a good thing, because a lot of you are being careless with your wireless devices.
According to the 2013 Consumer Reports State of the Net Survey, an estimated 2.8 million Americans permanently lost a smartphone or had it stolen in the last year.
Nearly 60% (1.6 million) of these devices were stolen. The rest vanished into the ether, but victims of crime and of their own absentmindedness both reported that people tried to use their phones to make calls, or to access information like Facebook accounts and e-mail.
“This finding shows that consumers who lose their smart phones need a reliable way to disable those phones just as much as victims of phone theft do,” said Jeff Fox, Technology Editor, Consumer Reports.