UK based start-up company Remote XT has come up with a new solution to stop mobile phone theft. Currently, on average a mobile phone is stolen every 12 seconds in the UK.
The service offered includes software available for most GPRS handsets that can connect to the Internet. It does not work with Blackberries.
When the subscriber reports the phone stolen a software alert is send from the central service center that then completely disables the phone and wipes clean all data stored on the device.
Remote XT hopes to sell the service for a monthly fee starting around USD 18 which might look prohibitive to some. Business users might see it as another offering to make phones that are more and more also used to store sensitive data like bank account information, credit card numbers or documents more secure and prevent from damages in the event of loss or theft.
The service includes data backups, anti-virus protection and access to MS Outlook email.