Thursday, March 22, 2012

Your Smartphone Could Land You in the Hospital

Young Girl Being Robbed of Her Smartphone

My daughter's cell phone was stolen recently. She set it down for no more than a second while shopping at the mall. She had insurance, she was still charged for a replacement by her wireless company. Yet, after paying for a replacement and being without a phone for a few days she was still one of the lucky ones. Violent robberies of smartphones are on the rise. People are being beaten and robbed for their smartphones. Major U.S. wireless companies can easily combat this.

Wireless companies know full well that they can put a stop to this, but they refuse because it will cost them money. As many as 70 big-city police chiefs have gotten together to send a letter to federal authorities telling them that there’s an simple solution — a fix that would cut these violent robberies. Here’s how it works: Every cell phone has its own unique ID, or fingerprint. Once the phone is reported stolen, it would be blacklisted in the U.S. Wireless companies from Verizon to AT&T, T-Mobile to Sprint, would all share information, banning service on that stolen phone on all carriers forever.

You can do something about this to protect yourself and your loved ones. Let your wireless carrier know how you feel and sign this petition.

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