Re: Come on ...
This might not be a bad feature as long as the owner can turn it on or off. Not sure we want a kill switch owned by the telcos, manufacturer or government. I feel it would just get hacked.
I am perfectly happy with what Apple has done the the Find My iPhone app. Set this up and the phone is useless except for parts. You will not stop theft for parts with a kill switch. This gives me contol of my phone/data and its "kill" switch.
The phone can not be reused in any part of the world wiithout the user id and pw. Done. The second part is getting the telcos to put the MEID on a shared database so the phone can not be activated and can be easily checked by the public when purchasing a pre-owned phone. They can all do it they just do not want to. The kill switch is a bad idea unless it is only owned/controlled by the owner of the phone with no manufacturer, telco or government back door.
Now, if we could use the battery to make the phone melt internally...... but the safety issues are to great for the general public.