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BlackBerry Shield images and features leaked

BlackBerry Shield Details
By Adam Zeis on 24 Jun 2010 12:29 pm EDT

We have heard bits and pieces about the upcoming BlackBerry Shield, but nothing very solid as of yet. Today dropped a few images as well as some features to be included. The service will be free for BIS users and is said to be entering the testing phase "soon". Features look to include:

  • Remote Device Wipe - Users will be able to remove all data from the device and memory card remotely
  • Display 'Lost & Found' -  Information to display on screen should the device be lost or stolen
  • Remote Password - Ability to remotely set a password for the device
  • Device Tracking - Remotely track your device via GPS 
  • Remote Backup - Backup/restore of the device data

Both the web interface (above) and mobile interface (after the jump) look very user friendly. Certainly there will be a few more features thrown into the mix, but this is definitely a good start. Still no official word on when this will pop up in either beta or public form, but from the looks of things it shouldn't be too much longer (in RIM time anyway). More pics after the break.


BlackBerry Shield Details

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If it's really free, that's a HUGE plus for them. Unlike other brands that charge a monthly or annual fee.


If rim "shield" has remote call fwd, that would be great...otherwise, I'm keeping my SmrtGuard!! I always forget my BB at home and realize that at work...SmrtGuard let's me remote call fwd all calls to my office and remote backup so I can remote check my email! hahah


Wow, I never knew of that feature. That's pretty cool. I really do feel bad for SMRTguard (although, I hate how they spell "smart"). The founder really put his whole life into that company, and RIM came in and stole his idea. Great for us BB owners, but I still feel bad.


Thats life.. and how "standards" are set. When a company redeseigns a product, they look for what other applications have done and whats out there and they make these "apps" native features in a product. YOu think Windows 7 and all its features were cooked up inhouse? MSFT put all the applications which gave "Shake", "Swipe, "gestures" "hottags" etc out of business when it released 7. Same with BB, same with 99% of the companies.


Cool..can't wait for more news on this. Hope its free too haha


I'm glad I didn't buy a year subscription for my bff.


Just posted another comment...but SmrtGuard yearly is so worth it. Think, will you have still have a BB in the next 6 to 9 months? If you are thinking about switching to Android, SmrtGuard might be the right move!

Just fwd thinking thoughts!


Where's My Phone, SmrtGaurd, Berry Shield....the list grows.


Looks nice, I knew the day would come, and fortunately I've done better than break even on Wheres My Phone. It would have been nice if RIM would at least kept the "playing field" even by exposing a "real" device wipe API to developers.
-Scott (WheresMyPhone developer)


This will be awesome... Give it to me Beta Zone!


Regardless of if there's other applications out there who do the same thing, it's a big deal to me that they're creating a free native app for it. There are MANY smartphone users who aren't addicts and who don't check out the latest and greatest apps, and may not even know this option is available to them, so having it natively on the phone is a big deal, if you ask me.


I don't care what it costs.



Just entered testing? Oh boy, we won't be seeing this for a while...


probably in twenty years


No, you're mistaking this for the Mac DTM.


Not too much longer in RIM time - love it.


I think RIM is stepping up in a big way if this is an indication of things to come for the Blackberry faithful. This is a substantive offering that beats releasing a shiny new toy or cute GUI.
After all, Blackberry is all about substance over style aren't they? Although they are beginning to make great strides in the style department too.


I like this a lot, looks promising. Hope it's free lol!!!


,,,but its not I dont think anyhoo lol


I've been using buddy guard and it works great. It's a free app and allows you to lock & locate the phone remotely. Also, you can make it play a loud chirp to help you find it if you've lost it in your house...


See ya later SmartGuard.


smrtguard has call blocking, personal guardian...list goes on and on. keep my smartphone safe!


This is fantastic...
Just the other day I was thinking about how nice it would be to have an app like this, just in case I lose my Bold.

Awesome news.


I can't believe I'm about to say this but, as a user of SmartGuard for the past year, I've really come to appreciate and rely on this app. Now, with a potentially free app just around the corner, offering the same thing it appears, the Smart Guard folks have to be churning in their seats. Competition is a good thing, but when "the big boys" step on the little guys with free or price stomping prices, it's no longer fun and monopolies begin to form. I'm a champion of the little guy and, unless SG can come up with an alternative that makes their app worthy of a fee, they'll be out of business. I'd love to be a fly on the wall in their offices. Good luck guys, I look forward to your response!


This is something that should have been offered a long time ago from BlackBerry. Its deffinately a must have!


Interface looks a LOT like the "Lookout Mobile Security" web interface for the same service, are they related?


kinda look fake to me, as the navigation bar on the top is Blackberry official website's. And icons dont seem much legit. Is this managed online or though a windows program ?


Huh, my otterbox defender holster did me the honor of releasing my beloved Storm2 into the wild outdoors about a week ago. Wish this app had been available then. Much better than the 90 bucks I paid asurion after a 2 1/2 hour slog through the woods failed to find it....

All I got were mosquito bites and ticks....

But at least I know that wherever it is, it is safe and sound inside its otterbox, lol.


Assuming that this associates the device via its PIN, and considering it's going to be native, sounds like it would be much better than SmrtGuard. Now all we need is the remote backup/restore, and SmrtGuard would no longer be needed the way I see it. Can't wait for this feature to come out :-D

Edit: Wait a sec, I do see a "backup/restore" option on that screen capture. This is going to be the sweetest for sure whenever it does end up to coming out.


My whole family (wife, self, daughter) has SmrtGuard on our smartphone. Wife just went from Storm 2 to DROID, and SmrtGuard was there for her! Restore contacts, call logs, sms...etc right to her new DROID.

I still love my BlackBerry Tour, but when I want to switch to another type of smartphone, I doubt RIM will help me on that... ;)


Doesn't seem like you can export your data...I want to be able to self manage the data like I have it with SmrtGuard.


Guess most verizon phones would be screwed with the GPS feature


VZW doesn't block the GPS on their Blackberrys anymore.


The article says it will be free for BIS users but no mention of BES. Does this mean BES users will have to pay or does it mean they can't even utilize it?


I put a password in my blackberry and i forgot the password and after trying to unluck the computer for 10 times, it erased all my information from my phone. Please help me on hoe to retrieve my old information as far as pictures and emails and telephone numbers


Mmmmm free always sounds good. Sounds like its going to be nice. Never heard of SmrtGuard but I guess I've been missing out.


This is a great new thing coming from someone who had my BB stolen. I had a password and they still got into it. I cant wait for this



Any news on this Shield since the announce ?
Is it available on any carrier ?

Has anyone tried it ?