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Mobile-security company Lookout released a new free Android app today called Plan B that lets you find a lost phone without having downloaded special software onto it beforehand. You just install the app over the Web after the device goes missing.

To use the app you need access to the Android Market Web site and a Google account. Once the app is downloaded over the Web, an e-mail arrives in the associated Gmail account telling you the app is locating the phone, followed by another e-mail with a Google Map showing where the phone is.

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Say, that's my phone Mr!

You want it back?

It will cost ya....

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Neato!
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dont know if want


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That is actually kinda cool. A company finding ways to use the remote install that google has implemented with the new android market. That said I already have lookout installed just for this reason.
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i need a app to brick the phone with a sent txt message or something.
I got prey on my phone with a sim lock but anybody with Odin can basically bypass almost any security feature, unless you intentionally brick it yourself lol
    
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Sounds exactly the same as what HTC has implemented... this will be good for people who don't have HTC phones, or people with HTC phones that can't stand sense (such as me).

I'll install once I get the market working again (gingerbread seems to have killed it).
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Just got it and I have to say it's pretty nice.

It's not 100% accurate though but it's close enough.
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one problem with this........ most people will have said gmail account on the phone so if it was stolen or had gone "walkies" they'd then know and would just turn it off/yank the battery
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I lost my htc hero 3 weeks ago. When i noticed it was missing i called it and mid ring it said the phone has been turned off. This wont help if the phone is stolen because people just turn it off and yank out the sim.

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Originally Posted by RotaryKnight View Post
i need a app to brick the phone with a sent txt message or something.
I got prey on my phone with a sim lock but anybody with Odin can basically bypass almost any security feature, unless you intentionally brick it yourself lol
Not brick, but with the paid version of Lookout you can remote wipe your phone.

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one problem with this........ most people will have said gmail account on the phone so if it was stolen or had gone "walkies" they'd then know and would just turn it off/yank the battery
Hopefully you will lock your phone with a password or pattern, so they won't be able to read the content of the email.
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