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got my stolen droid back. YAY!!

Discussion in 'Android General Discussions' started by misterdude28@gmail.com, Mar 11, 2010.

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    I was wondering if anyone knew of any location apps that would allow you to locate your phone should it be stolen.
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    Lookout Mobile Security is very good. It also allows you to back up pictures and contacts or sound an alarm siren.
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    Ill check it out. Thanks
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    I use Mobile Defense, a lot of others use WaveSecure, but WS doesnt utilize GPS, just aGPS with cell towers.

    Glad you got your phone back.
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    MobileDefense has GPS tracking, lock/unlock, alarm and detail features. No remote/backup or wipe at the moment but its supposedly in the works.

    You can install as a system app and it will not show in app list (to uninstall) and will auto-enable GPS when you activate the service (via their website).

    Only downside is that the phone gets a message from "noreply@mobiledefense.com" that will pop up when you connect to the phone.

    Otherwise, good for a free app.
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    There's also Wavesecure, you can track (gps), backup, lock or wipe your phone. I've tested all but the wipe and they worked for me. Someone from the dev company is on the forum and will get involved if necessary.
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    Super happy for you that you got your DROID back. Both my husband and I use Lookout Mobile Security. I haven't actually had to use the "find" yet but love the backups that are available, plus it scans my phone and apps for any viruses as well.
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    There's an application called Where's my Droid?

    I haven't tested it, to be honest, but when the program is running in the background, it has two functions.

    1) If you lose your phone in your room/house/somewhere, you can text 'Where's my Droid?' or any other phrase you specify to the app, and it will start ringing loudly to help you find it.

    2) If your phone is stolen/left behind and you don't know where it is, you can text 'Where's my GPS' or again, some other phrase you specify, and the phone will text you back a latitude and longitude of its location.

    I have the app but haven't used it yet...
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    I use wave secure and mobile defense. I really wish they'd combine the two.
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    Just to clarify, WaveSecure uses aGPS, not trueGPS. The difference being with aGPS it uses cell towers to approximate your position. The better your cell coverage, the better a fix on your phone's position. True GPS (a la Mobile Defense) uses satellites, and will work even when you dont have a cell signal (assuming you have line of sight with some satellites).

    WaveSecure also uses international texts ($0.20 each) for control, if they ever decide to do it another way, I'll consider switching back.

    If you want to block the messages Mobile Defense sends, you can use Handcent and blacklist the messages.
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    Thank you everyone...ill he sure to give these a try.
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    True. However, I noticed a slight slow-down with my system after installing Handcent. I also don't like that you have to use Handcent's UI for messaging as opposed to the stock UI even if you want to blacklist just one message. It seems laggy to me. :(
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    ChompSMS also allows the blacklisting of the message coming from Mobile Defense, and it is what I currently use. I have used both ChompSMS and Handcent and never experienced any lag. The stock messaging app is so lacking in features, I would hate to have to to use it as my main messaging app.
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    I'm just happy to hear you got it back. I don't know if it was mentioned by if it's stolen insurance will cover it too. And right now you can call Assurion and add insurance even if your beyond your first 30 days. Tell them Verizon told you so, they'll hook you up.
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    HI, just wondering... would it be a good idea to subscribe to both (MD & WS)? At least at first until you can evaluate which is best? And if they are both good, why not keep BOTH?

    TIA
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    You could do that, it's all personal preference.
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    Hi kwmayo,
    On the contrary, WaveSecure utilizes GPS if it is switched on and fall back on using cell towers if it is not able to get a fix within a minute. Just thought I jump in to clarify. :)

    Thanks,
    cheewee
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    thanks for clarifying, i knew it used GPS also but didnt wanna spread false info. Last time i tried locating my droid via wavesecure (it was just a test) it got pretty close, it located in in my neighbors house instead of my house but i think thats expectable enough. I love the lock with alarm feature..that sound is very attention grabbing to say the least lol.
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    Hi kwmayo,
    As pointed previously, WaveSecure will utilize GPS if it is available.

    With regard to international texts, do note that you can perform all the features like backup and restore from the WaveSecure app itself. This way, you won't be charged.

    Remote commands like locate and wipe can be issued remotely from the web site when your phone is lost. We feel, $0.20 is a small price to pay to increase the chances of getting your phone back and protecting your privacy by doing a remote data wipe.

    I understand from our development team that they are looking at improving the current situation. Will update once we have something to announce. Meanwhile, do follow us on FaceBook or Twitter.

    Thanks,
    cheewee
    Team WaveSecure
    www.wavesecure.com
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    I tried "Where's my Droid" and I don't recommend it. When I turned on the search function, it activated the Satellite icon constantly and even when I turn off the search function the Satellite stayed on, draining my battery in no time. I had to uninstall it and restart my phone to get it to stop. No thanks.
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