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Default Google deactivation

So ups lost my phone during shipping, Google said they'd remotely deactivate it and sent me another, if the other were to show up, would it really be deactivated?

If it would, out if curiosity, how does that functionality work? Is that something in the bootloader? Or is it is os level stuff? Also, if someone did steal my phone, can they bypass it or are they dead on the water?

I find it really interesting that Google can do this

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Only thing I can think of is IMEI blacklisting. I don't think they have the ability to do any other kind of remote wiping and would venture to say the rep you talked with didn't know what they were talking about.
 
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It's not just one rep it's the entire process

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There is an option in "Google Settings", which could be used to remotely lock the device and clean all data. Maybe related to this?

Lock bootloader, clean EFS partition, etc all are "useful" for deactivation, but these seem too dangerous.
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