Today, CTIA-The Wireless Association® announced the wireless industry’s fulfillment of the Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment that gives U.S. consumers – at no cost – new protections in the event their smartphones are lost or stolen. Included are capabilities to remotely lock and wipe missing devices while still enabling 9-1-1 calls even when the phone is locked and providing the consumer a means to unlock the phone when it is recovered. The industry will also maintain its proactive consumer education and outreach campaign to deter theft. Participating companies are Apple Inc.; Assurant, Inc.; Asurion; AT&T; BlackBerry Limited; Google Inc.; HTC America, Inc.; Huawei Device USA; LG Electronics MobileComm USA, Inc; Motorola Mobility LLC; Microsoft Corporation; Samsung Telecommunications America, L.P.; Sprint Corporation; T-Mobile USA; U.S. Cellular; Verizon Wireless; and ZTE USA, Inc.
In recognition of this, I issued the following statement:
“Today’s fulfillment of the Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment is another example of the wireless industry proactively working together with policymakers and law enforcement to help protect consumers’ smartphones in the event they are ever lost or stolen. As media reports indicated from San Francisco to New York City, these efforts are significantly reducing device thefts across the country. We will continue to work with all interested parties to continue to deploy new technologies and tools to improve device theft deterrence tools. We remind consumers to take a few minutes to use PINs, passwords, apps and other device features – many of which we list on our website – to protect their mobile devices and personal information.”
Here’s how much mobile Americans used in 2014, according to CTIA annual survey. Some of the highlights include:
- 36 million more devices than people;
- 243.5 million smartphones and tablets accounting for 68% of all devices on mobile networks; and
- 4.1 trillion MB of data.
To meet these demands, wireless carriers invested more than $32 billion in capital expenditures.
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