Smartphone kill-switch could destroy stolen phone market - Minnesota setting trends

05/15/2014 - 00:00

  BY <a href="">SEAN BUCKLEY</a> <a href=""> @SEANICCUS</a> -<br><br>The Governor of Minnesota just <a href="">signed a bill</a> that could change the cellphone industry forever: a mandatory kill-switch law. The bill was written as a criminal deterrent: if a stolen phone can be remotely disabled, stealing smartphones may become a less lucrative crime. A study conducted at <a href="">Creighton University</a> suggests that such a measure could save consumers upwards of $2.5 billion a year, but it could prove expensive for carriers<br><br><a href="">READ MORE ON ENGADGET</a>