That is good. Some of these mobile phone service providers make it hard for anyone to trace their lost phones yet they know they can do it. If police use the same networks to trace thieves why make it hard for someone who has lost his phone to trace and find their phones?
When they heard CAK wants to install a device on their networks to trace sim box fraudsters and stolen phones, Safaricom went berserk claiming that CAK will track everyone’s call data.
I mean, phone theft cases boosts Safaricom’s business. For those who were lucky to own a phone a few years ago. I think a decade ago, Safaricom did introduce a network information feature that shows the phone user where they are located on the phone’s display in real time. For example, I could be in the CBD and the phone will indicate “Safaricom CBD,” When I change location to Westlands the display will indicate “Safaricom Westlands.” If I move to Kangemi, the cell info would show “Safaricom Kangemi.”
I think most people who had stolen phones (or thought they had one) switched off their phones. Guys thought they were being tracked. But this was a common feature in mobile phone providers in Uganda back then. Not sure if they still do it. But back at home, Safaricom scrapped it off after two days may be due to the number of lines that went immediately off at that time due to fear of being tacked.
In certain countries, beginning with Japan, a kill switch is a must for every phone that is sold there. I think laws in some states in the US require phones to have a kill switch. Once the EU implements this into law, we would all be celebrating because manufacturers won’t be selective on who gets the kill switch and who doesn’t. The same way it happened with the standardization of the charging ports.
I think the iPhone implementation of the Kill Switch is great. I think this is the same with what has been decribed here for Sony and the S8/S8+. Since networks won’t comply, it’s time for manufacturers to side with their customers.