A cell­phone plan

Finweek English Edition - - Letters - HER­CULES DREYER

I READ YOUR AR­TI­CLE OF 18 Jan­uary about crime and the con­trib­u­tors to crime. I agree and would like to add the fol­low­ing:

I be­lieve that the cell­phone com­pa­nies are also to blame. Not much is done to com­pletely dis­able a stolen phone. If it were, there would be no rea­son to steal a phone, since it would be use­less af­ter it had been re­ported stolen.

I know you can have your phone blocked but some­one told me that the crim­i­nals can un­block it. In Fin­land, ap­par­ently, they have a mech­a­nism that com­pletely de­stroys the inside of the phone once it’s re­ported stolen so that the phone can never be used again.

But why would MTN, Vo­da­com or Cell C adopt such a process? Each stolen phone is a po­ten­tial new ac­count. The cur­rent owner gets a new phone and sim card and car­ries on, while the stolen phone goes back into cir­cu­la­tion. (That’s prob­a­bly why SA has such a high per­cent­age of phones.)

I be­lieve that if cell­phone com­pa­nies took a stronger stance, peo­ple would no longer be mur­dered just for their phones. It might be worth your while to in­ves­ti­gate fur­ther.

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