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Had a chuckle when I read this on CNBC
Phone thefts have increased and this specific line brought a smile on my face :
"For stolen phones to have no resale value on the black market, the vast majority of consumers must have the theft-deterrent feature pre-enabled on their phones,"
Blackberry has made the economic value of a stolen phone 0 by disabling the lost or stolen phones. In other words, no thief would steal a BBRY with intention of selling in black market because there is no value . Oddly from the comments, not many seem aware of this !
Phone thefts soar as kill-switch debate heats up
- 04-19-14, 05:35 PM #4
Gee.... maybe if eBay would NOT allow bad IEMI phone sales, the theft problem would thin out immensely... just a naive thought... but then eBay wouldn't be making those additional profits from sales of stolen merchandise...
- 04-20-14, 04:59 PM #5
- 04-21-14, 10:17 AM #6
What's sad is this doesn't stop people from finding someone foolish enough to buy a stolen BlackBerry device. Still see threads where someone buys a new device and it is blocked because of it being reported stolen. (or maybe they stole a BlackBerry and expect CrackBerry to know how to unblock it...) Either way if you left an iPhone and a BlackBerry sitting on a table, a thief will take both. He may throw the BlackBerry away, but he'll still take it just because he can.
- 04-23-14, 10:52 PM #8
[QUggebhardt;10267968]Or it could be because there are way less Blackberry devices in use in the USA. <1%?
That could also be part of this.[/QUOTE]
I suspect there are still a bit more than 1% users in the us.....I'd take a guess at 3-5% but dropping rapidly. Of course that includes legacy... Which probably is essentially worthless on the black market in north America. Bb10 would almost certainly be less than 1%.
- 04-28-14, 07:21 AM #9
Sorry but I can not see the average thief who is about to steal a phone say Oh gosh that is a Blackberry phone, I better not steal that as it has security that makes it useless!
Few people would also let this "feature" influence them to the point to buy a Blackberry.
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