98TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2013 and 2014
Introduced 2/14/2014, by Sen. Toi W. Hutchinson
SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
Creates the Smart Phone Kill Switch Act. Requires any smart phone that
is manufactured after the effective date of the Act and is sold or
purchased at retail in this State to be equipped with the capability to
render that smart phone completely inoperable if the phone is lost or
stolen. Prohibits wireless telephone service providers and wireless
telephone equipment manufacturers from charging any additional fee for a
smart phone that has the capability of rendering the smart phone completely
inoperable if it is lost or stolen. Provides a definition of "smart phone".
Requires a wireless telephone service provider to insure a smart phone
against theft if the wireless telephone service provider provides service
to a smart phone that does not have the capability of rendering the phone
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AN ACT concerning regulation.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
This Act may be cited as the
Phone Kill Switch Act.
As used in this Act:
"Kill switch" means a functionality that can render a smart
phone completely inoperable in the event of theft or loss.
"Smart phone" means a cellular phone that is built on a
mobile operating system and possesses advanced computing
capability. Features a smart phone may possess include, but are
not limited to, built-in applications, Internet access,
digital voice service, text messaging, e-mail, and Internet
"SIM card" means a card or other similar media that is
inserted into a smart phone and used to store data.
"Wireless telephone equipment manufacturer" means any
entity that manufactures cellular phones, including smart
"Wireless telephone service provider" includes a wireless
telephone service provider and its dealers, distributors, and