According to the Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment program launched by CTIA-The Wireless Association, all phones created in the U.S. beyond July 2015 will be required to contain a “kill switch” system that can remotely disable and wipe any cell phone’s data.
“Apple, Google, Samsung and Microsoft, along with the five biggest cellular carriers in the United States, are among those that have signed on to a voluntary program announced Tuesday by the industry’s largest trade group,” reported CNN.
And the supposed reasoning — anti-theft — sounds super phony, but just like everything else, it’s all for you and your safety of course:
Advocates say the feature would deter thieves from taking mobile devices by rendering phones useless while allowing people to protect personal information if their phone is lost or stolen. Its proponents include law enforcement officials concerned about the rising problem of smartphone theft. (source)