BlackBerry Protect has been launched today to help you locate and recover lost BlackBerry. The software is a free and allows users to wirelessly backup, restore and locate their BlackBerry smartphone. In essence, this if just like the Find My iPhone app. In the event that your BlackBerry smartphone is misplaced, lost or stolen, BlackBerry Protect provides features like: remote device wipe, remote device lock, ‘Lost and Found’ screen, locate device on a map, remote activation of the BlackBerry smartphone loud ringer, and wireless device backup and restore.

Key features include:
•       Remote Device Management:
–      Remote wipe
–      Remote lock and ‘Lost and Found’ screen
–      Remote activate loud ringer
–      Cell Tower and GPS device tracking
•       Over the Air (OTA) Backup and Restore:
–      Contacts and Calendar
–      Memos and Tasks
–      Browser Bookmarks
–      Text Messages
•       Administration:
–      Based on BlackBerry ID system
–      Web-based End User portal
–      Operator Call Center access

African countries that can now access BlackBerry Protect include:

Algeria, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Gabon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia.

If you are interested in finding out more about BlackBerry Protect please visit www.blackberry.com/protect.

BlackBerry Protect open beta is available for download in BlackBerry App World Test Center (www.blackberry.com/appworld).