New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will be sending letters to the nation's leading wireless providers to approve a new anti-theft app.

The wireless industry recently prohibited Samsung from pre-loading their new phones with a "kill switch" app that renders the phone useless for the thief.

The app can be remotely turned on by the user and turns the phone into an expensive paperweight, as it makes the device completely inoperable.

Schneiderman is asking the companies to think about "safety over profits" citing that thieves are targeting people and their smartphones in violent robberies.

The Democrat said he would be sending the letters Wednesday and looking in to more information to put pressure on the companies to change their stance on the "kill switch" app.

[News 10]