re: The Trouble With Smartphone Kill Switches
Agreed. And by brick, you have to completely fry the whole phone. If you just fry the SOC, cell radio or flash memory, there will still be a market for "chop shops" that resell the display, battery, buttons, switches and enclosure.
Of course the problem with truly frying it (i.e. short-circuit the battery and melt the innards) is the risk of fire and personal injury -- to both legitimate owners and criminals. Yes, criminals. I guarantee you that the first criminal that gets burned will find an ambulance chasing lawyer and quickly go public and go loud. Of course they will be an extremely economically disadvantaged teenager that was only stealing so they could buy medications for their terminally ill mother and/or feed their younger siblings.