Samsung introduces two anti-theft features for the Verizon and U.S. Cellular Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung introduces two anti-theft features for the Verizon and U.S. Cellular Samsung Galaxy S5
Samsung is adding two new anti-theft features to the Samsung Galaxy S5. Neither of them is a "Kill Switch," which is what law enforcement officials would prefer. A bill that would mandate the inclusion of a "Kill Switch" on new smartphones, is currently awaiting action in the Senate. By allowing a phone to be remotely shut down, it could be less of a target for thieves, who would have no place to sell the fruits of their illegal activity.

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.

source: CNET

Related phones

Galaxy S5
  • Display 5.1 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera)
    2.1 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
    Samsung TouchWiz UI



16. greenlife

Posts: 21; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

the samsung phone in the picture looks very cool

12. TheNeighbor

Posts: 370; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Install Cerberus and you can get pictures of whoever stole your device.

10. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Ahem, any Android device can install Device Manager to locate and wipe it out remotely:

9. MrOCD unregistered

Apple - Find My iPhone Samsung - Find My Mobile Apple - Activation Lock Samsung - Reactivation Lock LOL Am I the only one who noticed this?

13. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

I see, you smell $2 billions here. Right? p.s. Must tell you, that we have this on our Galaxys long before S5.

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 31798; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Nope ;)

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 31798; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Anti theft is designed to stop the theft of the device. Such as a kill switch to keep a car from starting and going in gear. This is not anti theft, the person is. Try and take mine without a gun, and the jedster will go hulk on that a$$

5. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

It's anti-theft cause if the thief knows the device is useless due to the kill switch, he/she won't risk 5 years in jail for nothing, hence stopping him/her for going for the crime. Which is why it's called anti-theft, quite logical.

6. true1984

Posts: 871; Member since: May 23, 2012

thats called a theft deterrent. it doesnt actually prevent theft, it just makes people think twice

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31798; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You hit the nail on the head. There's a huge difference, _Bone_ just wanted to discredit my post, he's a hater. +1 for knowing the difference bro

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31798; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

"If"? When he pulls a gun on you, and demands your phone, is he thinking if? When he runs by, and snatches it without even knowing which phone it is, is he thinking if? If you simply want to discredit my post, you should think first.

2. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Why does Verizon have to be so annoying...

4. theo14461 unregistered

Because they suck.

1. Sauce unregistered

"Find My Mobile" lol. They might as well call their phone color iPhone Black.

11. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

You'd figure they would call it "Find My Galaxy"

14. Sauce unregistered

That's really asking for it lol

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