RIM just let us know that the long talked about BlackBerry Protect app/service is now available to users. We took a detailed look at this wayyy back in July 2010, so check out our BlackBerry Protect Preview to get up to speed.
BlackBerry Protect is a free application that allows users to wirelessly backup, restore and locate their BlackBerry smartphone. In the event that their BlackBerry smartphone is misplaced, lost or stolen, BlackBerry Protect provides features like: remote device wipe, remote device lock, ‘Lost and Found' screen, locate device on a map, remote activation of the BlackBerry smartphone loud ringer, and wireless device backup and restore.
Key features of BlackBerry Protect include:
- Remote Device Management:
- Remote wipe
- Remote lock and ‘Lost and Found' screen
- Remote activate loud ringer
- Cell Tower and GPS device tracking
- Over the Air (OTA) Backup and Restore:
- Contacts and Calendar
- Memos and Tasks
- Browser Bookmarks
- Text Messages
- Based on BlackBerry ID system
- Web-based End User portal
- Operator Call Center access
If you want to give it a try, you can find the BlackBerry Protect app within the Test Center in BlackBerry App World (note for some users it may take up to 24 hours for it show up) and you can head to blackberry.com/protect to download, login to the web interface, and for more info.