Credits: Gizmodo

With the rise in phone thieves, all major smartphone manufactures and five major US carriers have pledged to make it pointless to steal phones past 2015.

Their plan is to offer phone users a feature to that can disable their phones permanently. This would insure that the thieves can’t use stolen phone even to browse the internet with Wi-Fi like they can now.

The only concern with such anti-stealing-phone pledges is that thieves will still have an incentive for stealing phones. Consider this: a working stolen smartphone can sell for $400-500 but all of its parts combined can also sell for $400-500.

In the end this pledge will probably do nothing to deter phone thieves. It’s comforting to know that companies are trying to do something about this problem though.