Skeptics allege that the big four wireless carriers: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon, have refused to allow manufacturers to install software that can track down stolen cell phones. The reason? Wireless carriers make a fortune selling cell phone insurance, and if stolen or lost phones could be recovered, customers might need less insurance or demand lower premiums, police speculate. New York’s attorney general has jumped into the fray, writing the carriers his office may investigate why one major cellphone manufacturer, Samsung, was blocked from including the software on its phones and whether the cellular companies had undisclosed business ties to companies that provide cell phone insurance. Absolute Software, which makes tracking and recovery software, charges $30 a year for tools to remotely locate stolen phones and the ability to remotely wipe phones of sensitive content. The company can also track stolen phones to a specific location using GPS triangulation. Another benefit to police – physically locating a stolen cell phone can often produce leads to suspects other thefts and crimes.

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