Samsung introduces two anti-theft features for the Verizon and U.S. Cellular Samsung Galaxy S5
The new features being added to the Samsung Galaxy S5 are "Find My Mobile" and "Reactivation Lock." Both will have to be activated by users of the phone, and will be only available on versions of the model sold by Verizon and U.S. Cellular. "Find My Mobile" will allow those with a lost or stolen Samsung Galaxy S5, to track the location of the unit. It will also remotely lock the handset, and tell the owner when an unfamiliar SIM card has been inserted into it. "Reactivation Lock" prevents anyone but the owner of the phone from resetting the device. Both anti-theft features are free, and are similar to anti-theft features on the Apple iPhone such as "Find My iPhone" and "Activation Lock". "Samsung takes the issue of smartphone theft very seriously, and we are continuing to enhance our security and anti-theft solutions," the Korean manufacturer said in a statement.
San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón has long been an advocate for a "Kill Switch." He has previously blamed the carriers and insurance companies for failing to get manufacturers to add the switch to their smartphones. Gascón has said that the carriers are making too much money selling replacement phones and getting customers to buy premium insurance, which explains their reluctance to follow the recommendations of law enforcement. Gascón and New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman released a joint statement, saying that Samsung's action sends a message that everyone in the industry needs to work together to make customers safer.