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The Life of a Stolen Phone: For the Smartphone Industry, Theft Is a Part of the Business Model
SF Weekly ^ | Wednesday, Apr 23 2014 | Rachel Swan

Posted on 04/26/2014 1:53:01 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Edited on 04/26/2014 3:24:02 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

Alex had a gnawing, uneasy feeling when he boarded the last BART train from San Francisco International Airport, on the way home from a business trip in 2012. The station was dead empty. The 33-year-old risk-management consultant was alone, shuttling to a quiet East Bay suburb after midnight, dressed like the straight man in a noir movie. Alex wore a suit with slippery pockets. He slipped his iPhone4 into one of them, took a seat on the Pittsburg-Bay Point train, and crossed one leg over the other.


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1 posted on 04/26/2014 1:53:01 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

So where’s the photo of this crooked BART cop?


2 posted on 04/26/2014 2:00:52 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: nickcarraway

This is similar to a company baking something with olestra and also manufacturing Pepto, and claiming to the people that they can’t do anything about changing the olestra product. Only difference is you’re not in a two-year contract with them to keep eating their stuff.

They want the theft to occur b/c they make money off the fear of theft. you’re in a contract anyway so you’re screwed.


3 posted on 04/26/2014 2:01:43 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: nickcarraway

LOL. High tech is no different then a typical corporation. Make money until they cross the line. Hi tech always sold themselves as progressive and compassionate highly educated people, but they are no different then corporate sociopaths. You are talking about a business model that hires mainly H-1B hi tech workers under the guise they possess unique badly tech skills not avialable in US only to consign the worker to 1/3 US salary, 7 years of indentured service, and the biggest kicker doing work 80+ percent of the time that a US IT college grad can do. IAW hi tech corporations lied on the H-1B application. I will bet you that if a gov audit was ever done, many H-1B application sponsors would go to jail for perjury on a form. Big money making, liar loans, ring a bell freepers. Businessmen if not monitored will lie and lie and lie. What is the first rule about salepersons, assume they are lying sacks of shit. If they are, remember who hired them and sent them to you (businessmen). Just remember, hi tech cry about slim profit margins,yet they work in beautiful billion dollar glass metal modern steel palaces and campuses, sell you the phone for $ 300 and pay the Chinese factory (not worker) $ .75. Pockets the $299.25 and divides the loot amongst themselves, but tells everyone in the US they cannot afford to hire US IT grads or build US factories to make the product. So milking a robbery victim for more money is so surprising!!???


4 posted on 04/26/2014 2:11:41 PM PDT by Fee ( Big Gov and Big Business are Enemies of America)
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To: nickcarraway

Those corporations involved show extortion at it’s most corrupt.


5 posted on 04/26/2014 2:12:41 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: nickcarraway

Obviously we need the Feds involved.

They’ll show up with SWAT teams.


6 posted on 04/26/2014 2:17:15 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Want to keep your doctor? Remove your Democrat Senator.)
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To: nickcarraway

At what point does an apparently lost phone become a stolen phone — philosophically.


7 posted on 04/26/2014 2:26:39 PM PDT by Usagi_yo
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To: Balding_Eagle

AND with snipers at the ready, they will force the criminal out of his hiding and then shoot the phone out of his hand...thus destroying the phone.


8 posted on 04/26/2014 2:30:10 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie
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To: nickcarraway
Add to that a 2011 state law that increased the threshold for grand theft from $400 to $950 — which meant that smartphone robberies could be reclassified as misdemeanors. That allowed SFPD to tout its massive reduction in felony arrests, which plummeted from 20,954 in 2002 to 8,911 nine years later when the law was passed — even while Apple-picking was on the rise.

Solved that problem!

9 posted on 04/26/2014 2:30:55 PM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: nickcarraway

A hit piece to scare people into accepting the draconian “phone shutdown” system being proposed by the government ostensibly to curtail the theft of phones. However, more likely to assure the government that they can stop you from using your phone if they want.


10 posted on 04/26/2014 2:33:45 PM PDT by the_Watchman
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To: Fee

“Businessmen if not monitored will lie and lie and lie. What is the first rule about salepersons, assume they are lying sacks of shit.”

Americans are realizing how business works, as the natural progression plays out: Now that we’ve lost our jobs, we’re not the target market for business anymore; the disposable income is in the hands of those who now have those jobs overseas, and they are the ones businesses are targeting with their marketing. There are billions of those customers (as opposed to our few hundred million), and the focus of business is no longer on “The West”. As we can see around us every day, it is a sad transition not fully understood by all players involved...


11 posted on 04/26/2014 2:35:30 PM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic warfare against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: nickcarraway

Was it really necessary for the person who wrote this to include the victim’s quote that contained the vulgarism “a..h...”? Where has the civility gone?


12 posted on 04/26/2014 2:35:48 PM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: Usagi_yo

I have found phones on the side of the road before. I took them home even. Does that make me a thief? I even “juiced” up the phone and waited for a call to help locate the owner. Does that still make me a thief? I even returned the phone to the delighted owners. In this guys mind, I’m a thief. F him.


13 posted on 04/26/2014 2:35:54 PM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: nickcarraway

So are the cracked screens. Apple knows that a significant number of owners, whose screen cracks, will opt to buy a new phone rather than take their phones in for repair.


14 posted on 04/26/2014 2:46:21 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Actually this whole article is pushing government cell phone kill switches. My Moto Droid has a locate function, is password protected, and I can kill it myself remotely. I don’t want the government to be able to shut down my phone.


15 posted on 04/26/2014 2:46:31 PM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: nickcarraway
AT&T gave him two options: Either deactivate the phone and buy a new one, or find a cop willing to subpoena AT&T for information, file a lengthy police report, and go through a long bureaucratic process.

BS. I've called the police to report a stolen phone (used the main local line, not 911), they arranged to meet me a few blocks from the location when an officer in the area had the time (it was just 45 minutes later), we talked for a few minutes, they went to the house, and the phone was back in my hands within 3 minutes. I showed them my bill with that phone number, I showed them the IMEI number and it also matched, and they let me go on my way.

Post-script: I didn't press charges. It was my daughter's "friend" (she just became a HS freshman) who took it. Lesson for her, and hopefully he was scared witless by the arrival of the police less than an hour after he turned it on... but the yelling really began when his mom came home to find two officers with her son on her front porch. With some luck, maybe his future life of crime ended that night. Judging from her reactions, he likely wasn't sitting down normally for a week.

(I've also used the Find My iPhone app to recover a phone an an iPad on 2 other occasions, but didn't feel a need for police assistance on either of those encounters.)

16 posted on 04/26/2014 2:50:01 PM PDT by Teacher317 (We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men)
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To: Organic Panic

BART has an official “Lost and Found” department.

510 464-7090
or http://www.bart.gov/lostandfound

Not sure why the BART cop took the phone home with him instead of giving it to Lost and Found.


17 posted on 04/26/2014 2:50:08 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: Bigg Red; Admin Moderator

Also an f bomb in the article. Needs excerpting to just a few paragraphs.


18 posted on 04/26/2014 2:51:22 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: nickcarraway

The kill switch legislation just failed by two votes in the legislature.


19 posted on 04/26/2014 2:52:47 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: sportutegrl

Yeah I don’t want govt to have a kill switch either.


20 posted on 04/26/2014 2:59:04 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: sportutegrl

It doesn’t matter if they have it or not, they’ll just order the companies to kill them and the companies will.


21 posted on 04/26/2014 2:59:32 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: nickcarraway

This is why I carry a dumb phone and do all of my other tasks on a kindle keyboard or kindle fire. steal my trac-fone, I dare ya! It’s the “all your eggs in one basket” thing that keeps me from getting a smart phone. Some people have their whole life on those things.

CC


22 posted on 04/26/2014 3:10:08 PM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: thecodont

“...Not sure why the BART cop took the phone home with him instead of giving it to Lost and Found.”
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Simply because he could.

BART cop Victor du Long = criminal dishonest thief.


23 posted on 04/26/2014 3:14:20 PM PDT by House Atreides
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To: nickcarraway

Wow! I had no idea how much I’m missing by not having a cell phone.


24 posted on 04/26/2014 3:14:43 PM PDT by upchuck (Support ABLE, the Anybody But Lindsey Effort. Yes, we are the ABLE!!)
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To: RightGeek
“Solved that problem! “

Just like they do ii the government scrawls. Kids aren't learning anything, so they change the “testing standards!” Ergo, now they're all learning at an “acceptable level.”

25 posted on 04/26/2014 3:36:19 PM PDT by vette6387
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To: House Atreides

“BART cop Victor du Long = criminal dishonest thief.”

I am surprised, but Victor Frans DuLong Jr. is listed in white pages.com address, phone # everything. Usually cops get their home addresses and phone numbers delisted because “they’re special, they’re cops.” And here in CA, they, by law, have their family automobile registrations blocked, so when Ma or one of the kids get’s pulled over, they are released as a “professional courtesy” because the cop making the stop knows they are “family.”


26 posted on 04/26/2014 3:47:40 PM PDT by vette6387
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To: Responsibility2nd

Yipes! Glad I did not make it to the f-bomb.


27 posted on 04/26/2014 4:26:34 PM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: Teacher317
BS.
BS to your BS. I've had two iPnones that I could track with find my iPhone. The cops wanted no part of helping get them back. Same for a phone that my SIL had stolen. No help from the cops.
28 posted on 04/26/2014 9:18:57 PM PDT by Half Vast Conspiracy (The bill was the subject of a truly awe-inspiring tsunami of poorly informed indignation. Rich Lowry)
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