Yes, I can come up with a thousand free market answers. And yes, that pretty much answers your question.
Would you buy a vehicle from any company whatsoever if you knew that parts were difficult to acquire? A manufacturer can play a game with parts availability only if they don't plan to stay in business.
Maybe we should go back to renting our phones from ATT as well.
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> resultant from stolen company time, and increases shareholder value dramatically.
Wouldn't it be easier, not to mention vastly more profitable, to recover these losses by selling organs harvested from employees? Don't they teach this kind of thing in MBA school?
Short of that, then the next best thing is to create a controversy. Since it is a creative work, shouldn't the controversy be copyrighted? Or even better . . . patented to protect the idea! Or maybe the observations underlying scientific advancement should be made privately owned, or subject to a government auction. I wouldn't have expected anyone to take these suggestions seriously twenty years ago. But today? Who knows?
Friend, you use such strange words. What is this 'constitutional authority' thing you speak of?
The overlords have always had the authority to do anything they please. It has been this way since the ancient time of the great change that came after the falling of two towers.
So make sure that the bill makes it illegal for anyone but the carrier to remotely disable a phone, and then only with the express permission of its owner. Make it expressly illegal for the government to have direct access to the kill switch. Make the kill switch implementation be such that only a single phone can be disabled in a single manual operation -- no mass remote disabling.
Also, if they don't already do this, mandate an industry wide blacklist of IMEI's (or some other un-alterable baked -in number) in case the phone can be loaded with a new ROM image. That way at least, the phone can never be activated.
Why not extend this to WiFi only tablets as well? The manufacturer, and any manufacturer designated party (eg, Google?) can remotely disable a non-phone device if it ever phones home and has been registered by its owner as stolen.
Actually, a more effective way to do that is to have a way to shut off communication at the towers. This would preserve the ability to send out mass propaganda to still working phones in the event of an 'emergency'. Also, I hear that there is some value in the metadata. Also the phones are tracking devices. It might be more effective and valuable to fake busy signals, and other communication interruptions rather than to outright kill smartphones.