Apple: Stop activating stolen iPhones
  • Petitioned Philip W. Schiller, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing

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Apple Computer
Philip W. Schiller, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing
Apple Computer
Tim Cook, CEO

Apple: Stop activating stolen iPhones

    1. Edward Salm
    2. Petition by

      Edward Salm

      Los Angeles, CA

It takes a while for statistics to be validated and reported, but there is a clear surge in Apple devices being targeting for theft. Phones are snatched out of people's hands on the bus. Peter Hartikka had his stolen at gunpoint in front of his home, and a few days ago Dalton Huckaby was mugged. Mugged for a phone!

Right now, these phones are likely being sold on Craig's List, eBay or elsewhere on the internet. Anyone can buy this phone, walk into an Apple Store or other retailer, and have it activated. Unlike automobiles that have to go through "chop shops" or credit cards that can be deactivated, petty thieves have little incentive to keep them from "Apple Picking", because the used phone market opens them to thousands of dollars in easy profit. 

In order to use an iPhone, the device must link to Apple and be activated.

But if stolen phones couldn't be activated, there would be little, if any, incentive to steal them.

We are befuddled that one of the most legendary companies on earth who has unleashed so much potential for the world through their impeccable design, has not protected their millions of customers from theft through technology, consumer warnings, education and other means.

We ask that Apple create a clear plan to combat the theft and resale of their devices, or issue a loud and clear public explanation of why they can't.

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      • over 1 year ago

      you spy on your customers but not the theives who steal from them? i USE LINUX NOW

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    • Dan Spaeth SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      By activating stolen phones, Apple is unconsciously aiding this crime. If they couldn't get the phones reactivated, there would be no point in stealing them. Karmically this is good for both apple and the would be thieves.

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    • Darrin Martin SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      I was pick pocketed of my iPhone last year. Having discovered it right after it happened, I tried to contain the assailant until police came but was confronted by a potentially violent situation with a whole network of thieves. I had to let him go. Luckily, I was not hurt but clearly violated.

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    • Scott Smith-McCurdy SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      We also need to extend this petition to all phone service providers.

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    • t m SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      apple's behavior (or inaction) is despicable and unethical. they have these features in other countries, so why not the united states? because they make MORE money by selling replacement phones!

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