Nov 05 AT 8:00 AM Taylor Wimberly 17 Comments

Mobile Defense for Android headed to more carriers

Mobile Defense is a free Android application that displays real-time location information of a lost or stolen phone on an interactive map. We absolutely love the application and think it should be installed on every phone. The community approves of the service as well since it was voted as “Best Security App” during the last Android Network Awards.

Unfortunately, the service is only available for phones in the United States running on T-Mobile or AT&T. This is because of the way the application uses SMS notifications to operate.

Thankfully, Mobile Defense 1.2 (soon to be released) will be moving to a new push notification system which will work on both CDMA and GSM networks. When the new service is rolled out it will also be available to the international community as well. Version 1.2 also adds support for tracking up to 5 phones.

We recently had a chance to speak with the developers and they expect the latest version will begin alpha testing this week. Keep an eye on our site and we will let you know when the final version is available in the Android Market.

In the mean time, you can head over to their forums and check out some of the amazing testimonials like this:

I traveled out of state to visit some friends this weekend for Halloween.   While partying it up, I managed to leave my phone at one of the numerous houses we had been visiting.

I ended up borrowing a friend’s laptop and hopped on the site.  The phone appeared to be stationary but at a house I had never gone to that evening.  We ended up knocking on the door and luckily, there were only 3 people there.  At first, all 3 claimed to not have the phone and were about ready to shut the door.  After explaining that I had evidence in hand by showing them the GPS lock on the laptop and explaining that I would be glad to have the police involved, they asked to talk in private for a moment.

30 seconds or so passed, the door opened and the phone was back in my hands.  I really don’t know what I would have done if it weren’t for this.  Even though they were on the 1st floor of a 3 story house, MobileDefense managed to lock on a decent enough signal that it was exactly where it said it would be.

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  • Wong San

    Hi, I’m interesting in beta testing the app for international users. how can i get a copy?


    • Taylor Wimberly

      If you visit the forums, I believe they have a thread where you can sign up to be a tester.

  • Derrick

    That’s a great story. Obviously your phone wasn’t located in the hood. Otherwise you might have had your ass kicked then told to get the fu8cjk outta here. Seriously though, I tried this app, I loved it. The only problem I see is a smart person would cut it off if they “snatched it” up. So it could take a day or two before you actually can track it. In other words, you’re at a store. You place your phone on the counter, you leave the store drive off. Then realize you left your phone. You go back, but it’s too late someone scooped it up. They might just immediately turn it off so you won’t bother them for a day or two. And when they cut it back on, are you really going to drive all the way across town to possibly get f*ckjed up by someone? LoL.

    I do however like the alarm thing. If you’re at a party someone finds your phone, you get on a computer and sound the alarm, and realize it’s in some di*kcs pocket…bam. Mission accomplished. But how often does that happen, most thiefs will cut it off to avoid you calling it and it ringing.

  • Ramon

    They should make it able to not let anyone turn off the phone once its activated. That would help.

    • http://Website Pio

      Well, they could always pop out the battery..

  • roy

    This is like getting any other ensurance. You don’t need it that often, but when you do need, you are glad that you have it.

    Main difference with other ensurances is that this one is free.

    Can’t wait!

  • JC

    Well I can say it definitely works. I left my phone in a restaurant, went back for it; and in a few mins someone had already taken it. I went home got on my computer and got an address. After calling it a few times, and no answer. I went to the address, knocked on the door an explained the situation. At first he got loud and tried to intimidate me and told me to get off his property; but I am a federal agent. I let him know that, showed him my credentials and he quickly came up with some dumb excuse and came back out with my phone. I wouldn’t advice someone to do that though; could’ve turn into a bad night for someone else. People are crazy!

    • jeb

      JC, you’re a federal agent who doesn’t know the difference between a noun (advice) and a verb (advise)? I call cowpoop. State trooper maybe?

  • dedroid

    “I wouldn’t advice someone to do that though”

    Are you kidding? It’s OK for you to flash a badge? Why didn’t you just call the local police like the rest of us would be forced to do? Just another example of why cops should be stripped of their powers when they are off duty.

  • JC

    I don’t really care what u think “DeDroid”. But I have been doing what I do for a long time, and if I had a penny for every idiot that thinks: he knows what it is to be a law enforcement officer, thinks he knows what we can & can’t do, and give their worthless opinion on what cops shouldn’t be allowed to do… I would be rich. But that’s just wishful thinking… oh well, I guess your tax dollars will have to do. Haha…

    • dedroid

      You just proved my point. Corrupt cops … nothing without their guns and a badge.

  • Serg

    Ok, I get it, its a great useful app. But what happens when the phone’s battery dies? In most cases, when someone looses the phone, it just lays there until the battery drains out. Happened to me numerous times.

  • dedroid

    How about performance? I am assuming this app needs to run in the background all the time. Has anyone noticed any performance degradation? Any idea of how much memory or processor it uses?

  • T

    Actually WaveSecure is better -

    And already support all operators internationally, including CDMA in the US – i have a hero on Sprint and it works great! Features are better than Mobile Defense too.

    • Sean

      I had WaveSecure installed but it killed my battery.

  • T

    ya, it seems to have a cannot-sleep problem, the developers have acknowledged it and promised a fix soon.

  • cheewee

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    Team WaveSecure