Worried that you'll lose your phone? Worried that you have no way to
trace it or wipe it if it were to vanish before your very eyes? Apple
has a solution for that called "Find my iPhone." It comes with each new
iPhone so long as you activate a $99/year MobileMe
service, and it lets
users track their phone via GPS and remotely disable it if a thief were
to swipe it. But no other phone nor carrier offers an exact alternative
Until this service became live. Verizon
Wireless has just announced a
new facet of their Total Equipment Coverage Program called Mobile
Recovery, and it's a new application designed to run on WebOS, Android
and BlackBerry smartphones. Nearly all of VZW's major smartphones are
capable of running the app, and when programmed, this will allow users
to emotely lock the device, sound an alarm and wipe contacts from the
phone. If the phone is not recovered, Total Equipment Coverage provides
Below are the exact details on what the app can do:
- Sound Alarm – Customers trying to find a lost phone
can use the “Sound Alarm” feature which triggers an alarm, even if the
phone is on silent or vibrate mode.
- Locate Phone – If the phone is outside audible
range, customers no longer have to retrace their steps looking for it.
As long as the phone is powered on and within Verizon Wireless’ coverage
area, the “Locate Phone” feature uses GPS to provide the location of
the missing phone, complete with a map and address, and the option to
get turn-by-turn directions.
- Secure Phone – Once customers have determined their
phone is lost, they can use the “Device Remote Lock” feature to prevent
unauthorized use, or the “Device Remote Wipe” feature to remotely erase
contacts from the device.
Basically, this coverage is included for "free" if you're already paying
$7.99/month for Total Equipment Coverage. If you aren't, this may be the
convincing you needed to start paying the fee. Looked at by the year,
this actually costs more than Apple's service, but it
includes more than just lost phone tracking. If you tend to lose your
belongings a lot, this may be worth the investment.