"The only solution, Leno and Gascón argue, is to have kill-switches hardwired so that no network can reactivate a stolen device — no matter where it goes, it's useless." Fine so far, Gentleman. But having gone this drastic distance, what will it take for a consumer to reactivate this expensive piece of hardware/software? An entire bureaucracy run by someone, at some expense, that's what. "Hardwired" above is just a writer's expression suggesting difficulty in reactivating.The writer means the fix is so severe, so un-hackable, that it will take some doing to restore life to the smartphone. All this costs money. Who's going to pay the costs? The consumer is, that's who! I've read 4 news stories about smartphone theft so far. It seems as though most theft outside of major cities is small time and unorganized. The "Find My IPhone App" sounds like a more cost conscious and workable solution to me. Taxpayers are saddles with 911, a solution that seemed a simple right answer at one time. 911 has mushroomed into a multibillion dollar nationwide bureaucracy to solve a problem speed dialers in phones could have handled nicely, thank you.