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Kill Pill Allows AT&T to Disable Subsidized Netbooks

Kill Pill Allows AT&T to Disable Subsidized Netbooks

Posted March 31, 2009 at 3:56pm by iClarified
A new feature called a 'kill pill' will allow wireless carriers to disable subsidized netbooks if customers haven't paid their bill, according to an Excite News report.

LM Ericsson AB, the Swedish company that makes many of the modems that go into laptops, announced Tuesday that its new modem will deal with this issue by including a feature that's virtually a wireless repo man. If the carrier has the stomach to do so, it can send a signal that completely disables the computer, making it impossible to turn on.

"We call it a 'kill pill,'" said Mats Norin, Ericsson's vice president of mobile broadband modules.

The module is said to work on AT&T's network and many other 3G networks.

LM Ericsson modem says the modem can also remain active while a computer is off. This would allow it to listen for wireless messages and wake up the computer when an important email or call is received.

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Kill Pill Allows AT&T to Disable Subsidized Netbooks

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Lula<3 - April 2, 2009 at 3:09am
THEY ARE DOING THIS IN ALASKA ALREADY! At a sales&lease store. If you dont pay your bill..they get in the comp and turn your ISH OFF!! didnt think that it was legal either..
t11chb - April 1, 2009 at 10:47am
This can't be legal.... just wait and see, everyone will want to do this.
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