Verizon and US Cellular have taken smartphone thefts seriously and have decided to infuse their models of the Samsung Galaxy S5 with tools to help curb this problem. Find my Mobile and Reactivation Lock are the two services which will come pre-installed on the device; a move which has been lauded by US lawmaker who have been lobbying for such measures to be taken since in a long time.
Much like Google’s Device Manager and Apple’s Find My iPhone, Find my Mobile is an online service which can help you track and lock your stolen phone. Moreover, you can also use the tool to wipe off the data from the device and receive an alert when a different SIM card is inserted.
Reactivation Lock on the other hand is aimed at detecting abnormal attempts to reset a device to factory settings. Even if someone manages to perform a successful reset, it prompts the person to login again as a security measure. This way the device is rendered useless if the password is not known.
According to CNET, 30 to 40 percent of robberies in the US involve smartphone theft. In the wake of this, a number of lawmakers like San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón and New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman have called for better anti-theft measures from device sellers.
They have both appreciated this move from Verizon and US Cellular for implementing anti-theft measures on the Samsung Galaxy S5, but have maintained that ‘more work needs to be done’ still in order to make sure that such solutions become standard on all devices.
In case you’re wondering, here’s a quick look at the main specs of the Samsung Galaxy S5:
– 5.1-inch FHD Super AMOLED touchscreen
– 2.5GHz quad core Snapdragon 801 processor
– Android 4.4 KitKat OS
– 16MP rear, 2MP front cameras
– 2GB RAM, 16GB or 32GB storage
– 2800mAh battery
– Dimensions: 72.5 x 142 x 8.1 millimeters
– Weight: 145 grams