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Apple, Google, Microsoft, Samsung to meet in NYC to discuss cell theft

updated 04:26 pm EDT, Wed June 5, 2013

SF, NYC attorneys general hope to stem tide of violent robberies

The attorneys general of San Francisco and New York City are convening a Smartphone Summit next week. The topic of discussion will be how to convince Apple, Google, and other mobile hardware and software developers to help stem the tide of cellphone thefts in both cities, often ending in violence. Notable by their absence on the invitee list are all the significant US cellular providers.

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon said that "With 1.6 million Americans falling victim to smartphone theft in 2012, this has become a national epidemic. Unlike other types of crimes, smartphone theft can be eradicated with a simple technological solution."

In the first three quarters of 2012, Apple device thefts in New York City climbed 40 percent from the previous year, totaling 14 percent of major crime in the city. Half of all robberies involved a cellphone or other mobile devices.

Apple, Microsoft, Google, and Samsung will all be attending the conference. The meeting will take place in New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Flying Meat

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: 01-25-07

    Brick the board, and charge a slight fee to restore service. That way, they are useless to resell as whole units after reported stolen, and well, a small fee to restore would mean the vendor doesn't carry the full weight of restoring a recovered device. It's not extortion. It's just reasonable. Plus, if you have to go to the vendor for restoration, then there would necessarily be a need to verify the ownership of said device.

    Just a thought. There might be better ways...

  1. Charles Martin

    MacNN Editor

    Joined: 08-04-01

    Watch out, companies! The DOJ is likely to accuse you of colluding to harm the thriving "used" iPhone resale business ...

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Forum Regular

    Joined: 04-05-11

    What is this "Smartphone Summit" really about?
    Isn't there already a standard mechanism to deal with phone (not just smartphone) theft?Namely IMEI blacklisting.

  1. b9bot

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 12-22-08

    Why aren't AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile not there as well. They are the ones that control service to the phones. They have the ability to shutoff service, not Apple, Microsoft, Samsung, or Google.

  1. shawnde

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    Joined: 04-01-08


    good one :-)

  1. makern

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    Joined: 09-22-03

    Is someone stealing Microsoft phones? they have like 2% market share. Why not invite RIM then also??

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