Shots emerge of BlackBerry’s “Find My iPhone” rival service

Posted on June 26, 2010

service called Shield have emerged, revealing its functions. According to BBNews, it behaves similarly to the Find My iPhone feature for iPhones with MobileMe accounts; it allows tracking handsets on Google Maps and remotely wiping important information using only a web browsing. It would also support custom lost and found messages, remote password settings, and alarms to find the BlackBerry when it’s close by.

Unlike Apple’s approach, Shield should periodically back up and restore devices to keep its information alive even if the phone is never recovered. It’s believed public testing of Shield is coming very soon. The service will likely be free to those with BlackBerry Internet Service on their BlackBerry devices.

The lack of a cloud-based service has been considered a setback for RIM. It has traditionally had better remote management than Apple and other newer competitors, but individual workers and personal users have usually lacked a similar amount of control for themselves.

By Electronista Staff

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