Elizabeth, this is true. It would be good for normal users as well. I am looking at new phones. I have an old one that is nice, but dated. One vendor had a deal of $100 credit for old phones (to use for accessories, etc.). I couldn't do it. I have a lot on the phone. I password protect it. All phones that I know of delete data if you fail 10 times to put in the password correctly. The problem is that there are ways to recover that data.
I agree, Lou, I like the idea of this "self-destructing" smartphone, even for commercial users. Maybe I wouldn't want all the data wiped necessarily, but perhaps a phone that can clear your Web browsing history or personal notes would be good. Contact information i wouldn't be so worried about, but leaving any information on a phone that could help someone access my personal accounts online (banking, Facebook, credit cards etc) after it's been stolen is troublesome. A solution for consumers that could help prevent such a thing would be great.
@Charles: I think they are doing it by taking the risk itself. Risk is in their hands. It's their decision so it's up to them to decide. True that there is a risk involved in it but definitely there are times where you do need to take risks. If not you cannot compete in the market.
I couldn't agree more, naperlou. Many people, including corporate executives, have lots of sensitive data on smartphones that could cause problems if it falls in the wrong hands. I can see many high-level corporate executives wanting this feature.
Lauren, the self-destructing phone is a new and important development. We all tend to have lots of sensitive data on our smart phones, whether it be personal or business. This is a critical capability. It would be a real restricition of capability if the phone could not be used to its fullest, but it is also a big vulnerability. I expect we will see this for tablets soon.
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