Browser wrote:Memo to smartphone owners - watch your back. In the news lately that 1.6 million smartphone owners had their phone stolen last year, often by getting knocked over the head while using it in public. Apple is now going to include a "kill switch" in iPhones so a stolen phone can be permanently disabled. Enjoy the toy -- but be careful out there...
1.6 million across the world? Or in the USA? In the USA makes sense....that would probably mean one out of every hundred or so people get their phone stolen. Then again, I wonder what percentage of people get their wallet stolen.
I was really happy to carry a $20 phone in Venezuela last winter- friends with good iPhones. Galaxies, etc were getting them stolen all the time- often snatched out of their hands while they were using them. And airline officials were stealing loads of them out of bags- so never pack them.
It's a toss-up....the functionality of a quality smartphone when traveling is great and revolutionizes the whole travel experience, since they can be used as maps, gps's, e-readers, tour guides, restaurant guides, communication tools, cameras/vcr's, translators, dictionaries, media centers, computers, etc all in one pocket device. I downloaded an app yesterday that performs high quality translation of spoken words into 160 languages. But it all comes with definite tangible risk.
There are apps that will lock the phone, pinpoint the location of the phone, and sound a loud alarm when a thief tries to use the phone. That is helpful if you lose your phone. But if stolen I doubt that many are recovered.