30840019 story US Mobile Carriers Won't Brick Stolen Phones 269 Posted by Soulskill on Friday March 23, 2012 @03:28PM from the unfriendly-balancing-acts dept. WheezyJoe writes "NBC News has some disturbing security video of people getting assaulted for their smartphones. Such offenses are on the rise. Police chiefs like D.C.'s Cathy Lanier are asking U.S. mobile carriers to brick phones that are reported stolen, in order to dry up what must be a big underground market for your favorite Android device or iPhone — but right now the carriers won't do it. Such an approach has had success in Australia and the U.K."