In this new cell phone age, smart device theft is something that has become all too common, and has really become quite a problem. Several apps have been released that attempt to solve the problem, but now the carriers themselves are getting in on it. Sprint has announced their total Equipment Protection Application, which shares a name with a very similar application in which it shares many features.
With the new application, you will be able to track the whereabouts of your phone with a web interface, making it easy to see who has your phone and where they are headed, regardless of whether or not the phone is turned on. The Apple’s unlocked iphone 4 will allow you to sound an alarm even if the phone is muted. You can also lock the phone and wipe all of your contacts (which can then be restored if you are able to get your device back.) So far, the application is only compatible with Android and BlackBerry devices, and is completely free with Sprint’s Total Equipment Protection Program. Right now the program costs only $7 per month. That amount might seem like quite a bit, but for the knowledge of knowing that your device is always going to be able to be tracked and your data will always be safe, you really could not ask for more.
Other features that have been rumored for similar applications are the ability to delete text messages and calling data as well, so that the thieves could not go through your text messages and retrieve information through them. Look for apps like this one to continue to grow in popularity and expand to other platforms in the future. Soon the days will be gone when people can steal your mobile device and activate it under their own plans. Applications like this one could effectively wipe out the underground black market of stolen cell phones that has run so rampant in recent years.
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