Sprint Offers Remote Wipe to Android and BlackBerry Phones
Sprint today announced an additional service included in its Total Equipment Protection plan that will allow users to remotely lock or wipe their lost Android or BlackBerry smartphone. In addition to remote lock/wipe, the service can be used to locate a lost or stolen phone via GPS (including real-time map tracking) or by sounding an alarm even when the device is set to silent mode. Sprint suggests that all customers use pass codes to lock their phones. Customers who subscribe to the $7-per-month Total Equipment Protection plan will need to download the latest version of the Total Equipment Protection application in order to use the service.
Can't Find Your Android? Locate It with A Google Search
Google recently rolled out a quick new way to locate misplaced Android smartphones. A simple Google search for "Find My Phone" from a PC can find a lost phone, force it to ring at full volume, and even position it on a map.
Google Simplifies Searching For Lost Phones
Google today made improvements to its My Accounts tool that should help people better manage their Google settings as well as their smartphone. Users can now access their account by saying, "Ok Google, show me my Google account" into the Google Search app.
U.S. Carriers Share Galaxy S9 and S9+ Launch Plans and Pricing
All four major carriers in the U.S. plan to sell the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ beginning in March.
CTIA Says Smartphones Better Protected Against Theft
Beginning today, most smartphones sold in the U.S. will include anti-theft security tools.
Verizon Wireless Offering Same-Day Screen Repairs
Verizon Wireless today said customers who subscribe to its Total Mobile Protection plan can take advantage of same-day screen repairs at some 220 Verizon Stores across 34 states. Many of the company's most popular phones are eligible for same-day repairs, including the Apple iPhone SE, 5c, 5s, 6, 6 Plus, 6s, and 6s Plus; Samsung Galaxy S5, S6, S7, Note 4, and 5; and the Motorola Droid Turbo and Droid Maxx.