RIM has finally released the public beta of BlackBerry Protect after years in development. The service is something I have been waiting for RIM to do for ages by giving regular consumers a viable wireless backup solution for free. The Protect service does not work if you are on a BES but if you are most of this stuff and more are already backed up. Hopefully with BES 5.0.3 it will also support BES enabled devices.
Here is why you need to install BlackBerry Protect. It will backup your:
- Browser Bookmarks
- Text Messages
If you upgrade to a new phone then BlackBerry Protect will move the backed up information to the new phone. It will also let help you locate a lost BlackBerry along with remotely locking or wiping a stolen device.
RIM has posted a great guide for getting you started on BlackBerry Protect and I highly recommend reading it. Head on over to the BlackBerry Protect website to get started. There are some limits on the countries where it is available in App World and it requires OS 4.6+.