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"Kill Switch" for cell phones

SAN FRANCISCO, CA. (KFGO AM) -- After a strong push by Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, cellphone manufacturers and wireless providers will put a "kill switch" into their products beginning next year.

Apple, Samsung, Verizon, AT&T and other industry leaders have agreed to begin putting the anti-theft system into their phones in 2015.

The kill switch would allow providers to send a signal to a stolen phone that would make it inoperable.

The idea has also been supported by many Minnesota law enforcement officials in hopes of cutting the rate of Smartphone thefts and related crimes.