SIM Detective Helps Thwart BlackBerry Thieves

By Bla1ze on 9 Jul 2009 09:50 am EDT
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SIM Detective Helps Thwart BlackBerry Theives!

Let's face it, BlackBerry devices are a hot ticket item when it comes to thieves. Every day someone will either lose or have their BlackBerry stolen and while a lot of protection goes into enterprise customers BlackBerry devices with remote lock and wipe options available through BES, to date RIM hasn't put quite the same emphasis on consumer devices via BIS.

This leaves a door open for third party developers to fill the void RIM has left in this area. One of those said developers is Ozzy Productions, who have developed a great new app called SIM Detective. SIM Detective allows you to set up a text number and email address to which if another SIM card besides your own is inserted into your BlackBerry a message is sent off to a pre-chosen address containing a personalized message, GPS, IMSI, carrier and cell phone number of your thief. All of which can hopefully be used to provide to police in order to get your device back. Awesome application and the $5.99 spent is much better then the $599 you may pay if you need to get a new BlackBerry.

Topics: BlackBerry Apps

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SIM Detective Helps Thwart BlackBerry Thieves

19 Comments

Thats good stuff, I feel you pain-I've already sold my Storm. This is an incredible app, truly useful IMHO. The price seems right on.

SIM Detective is a good idea - so much so that it's already part of other applications such as SmrtGuard. SmrtGuard allows you to register more than one SIM against your phone, as well.

TTune (happy SmrtGuard user)

You read my mind. When the wipe is performed (I have done it once to see what would happen, what a pain in the butt) it resets all of the 3rd party application settings, even though the app stays on the device, including reg codes.

If it was wiped, which would probablly be the first thing done, would this still do it's job afterwords?

Well, the thief could also, in addition to wiping the device, also remove this specific application altogether, some time during that process. Then what?

#1 if u use the phone lock feature in your phone w/ password protection, the theif cant get in the device to wipe or erase or remove anything

#2 as far as the product goes if u read the blog and click the link for more info it clearly says:

SIM Detective is password protected, so only you can Enable/Disable this emails and texts.

BUT remember rule #1 oh and make sure u set the lock if u leave it in a gym bag, purse, car etc. and if its on u make sure u set your lock time between 1 to 5mins so it locks automatically *ALSO IF YOU USE UR PHONE TO MAKE A LOT OF CALLS U CAN SELECT THE FEATURE UNDER THE ENABLE LOCK THAT ALLOWS U TO KEEP DEVICED LOCKED BUT WILL ALLOW U TO STILL MAKE A CALL WHILE ITS LOCKED :)

All of these measures are good ideas, but ultimately can be thwarted pretty easily. We run a BES server and still have yet to get a stolen/lost device to even be able to be wiped. We either don't know about it until it's too late (battery's dead) or can't contact the device because whoever took it is smart enough to make sure it can't be contacted.

There is no "if", a wipe knocks this out. Even if it's locked, just enter the pw 10 times and it's over. Back to factory. This cool if someone is dumb enuf to not have a pw set and the other is dumb enuf to put in their sim w/o wiping.