I have been working with Dan over at Convenience Software on testing GetItBack (formerly Find)It. GetItBack is a BlackBerry location program that is relatively cheap and simple to use. I am always one for stating the obvious so here I go… this is just a “no brainer” for anybody with a GPS enabled BlackBerry!!! Basically it’s a ten dollar insurance policy that will help you find your BlackBerry if it get’s lost or stolen. A small program gets installed on your BlackBerry which reports back to their server with statistics every 30 seconds. Yea.. I know what you are going to say… what about my battery? I have not noticed any significant degradation in my battery’s performance.
Now let’s say you have lost or “misplaced” you BlackBerry. Well let’s go to the website and log in.
So you can see what those statistics are for. Obviously if the stats show that your current screen state is unlocked it is safe to assume someone has picked up your BlackBerry. The SIM info is handy as well. In the event your BlackBerry was stolen you can tell whether the thief replaced your SIM card with their own.
I just love the GPS feature … I mean how cool is that ?! As long as you have a BlackBerry with GPS you will always know where it is at. Now if this would only work on my 17 year old daughter
As you can see the controller section enables you to execute many remote commands on your BlackBerry. I tested them and they all work. It takes few minutes for the remote command to execute once you have sent it from the website. Here is a description of each command.
Being able to have your phone call you or having it display a message saying something like “Please call “your#” if you have found my BlackBerry” is cool. The combination between the GPS and the remote commands really increases your chances of finding your BlackBerry or possibly retrieving it if it has been stolen. Also being able lock your BlackBerry remotely is nice too.
So again… this is just a “no brainer”. I totally think ten bucks is worth it to ”Lojack” your BlackBerry. If you are as attached to your BlackBerry as I am then you will think it’s worth it. Plus it is so easy to setup.
Don’t get me wrong somebody can always wipe the BlackBerry and remove all of the software but as you can see a thief is not always an intelligent thief.