New phone that screams when stolen

2 Oct 2006 | Security | 2 comments


I know this sounds pretty crazy, but now you can scream along with your phone when it gets stolen. A new service has been launched today that can determine when a mobile phone gets snatched and instantly start screaming.

The loud noise will not stop unless the battery is removed. Even if the thief replaces the phone's SIM card, the handset will not work. All customers' information is centrally stored, so contacts, ringtones, pictures, texts and other data can be retrieved when a new handset is purchased. The service costs about $18 a month.

The goal of the service is to make mobile phones useless to anyone but the rightful owner, said Mark Whiteman, the managing director of Remote XT.

"We'll see the market for stolen handsets stamped out once and for all," he said.


by Kendo on Oct 3, 2006

It's not just a scream you get, Everything on your phone is backed up every day - contacts, ringtones, photos, SMS and you get email pushed to the phone. If it's nicked or lost you just upload or your information in a few clicks. It's magic!

by Jamie on Oct 3, 2006

Wow, this is pretty cool. I wouldn't mind losing the phone if I knew that the thief is unable to use it. He's got nothing to gain.