New guidelines announced to protect smartphones

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Thursday, July 2, 2015
A cellphone is seen in this undated file photo.
A cellphone is seen in this undated file photo.
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CHICAGO (WLS) -- This week, the association representing wireless carriers announced a new "voluntary commitment" by manufacturers to provide protections.

The guidelines ask that all models of smart phones manufactured after July will offer free anti-theft tools to remotely wipe them, or make them inoperable.

In February 2014, the I-Team exposed the smartphone theft epidemic locally, and found that most were being sold in Hong Kong for up to $2,000.