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.
Sprint Offering Open Enrollment for Insurance Program
Sprint today said customers who declined to enroll in its Total Equipment Protection program when they bought their phone may now do so through the end of the month. Pricing for Total Equipment Protection ranges from $9 to $13 per month, depending on the device.
CTIA Says Smartphones Better Protected Against Theft
Beginning today, most smartphones sold in the U.S. will include anti-theft security tools.