Aside from having a name that makes me think of 'Dora the Explorer' (others with small children will understand ), 'Sprite Mobile Swipe' is an application that caters for what is the nightmare scenario for many Windows Mobile users. You're out in town, you go to grab your device from your pocket and it's gone! With mobile devices carrying more and more information that we wouldn't want in the hands of complete strangers, the 'device loss' situation becomes critical... and this is where 'Sprite Mobile Swipe' steps in.
"The software works on any Windows Mobile phone and once installed, hides away in the background until activated when required. If a phone is lost, owners just need to send an SMS messge to their phone from a paired phone to lock down the phone so that a password is required to access the data. For additional peace of mind a wipe command can be sent which clears the entire contents of their phone – including memory cards. This can be used to decommision phones before passing them to friends or colleagues. If a phone is stolen, and the thief replaces the SIM card, Sprite Mobile Swipe detects this and informs the owner via a SMS message to the previously partnered phone so that the phone can be locked or wiped. Another option is to remotely query the phone for recent call activity as this may help track down the phone."
'Sprite Mobile Swipe' clearly goes far beyond what is offered by the standard Exchange tools, with full wipe for memory cards being a very useful feature, not to mention the ability to query the phone to track down the perpetrator. I particularly like the SIM swap notification... you could be notified that your phone is gone before you realise yourself!
I have paired my phone with my wife's phone, so since we are always in contact and often together, if my device goes AWOL I can just send a text from her phone and take the necessary action.
All in all, I have to give top marks to Sprite for the application. It's fully featured, works well, and best of all it's CHEAP! RRP is $14.95, reduced to $9.95 for the month of June as a launch promotion, and MoDaCo readers can use a special discount coupon until 4th June (discount code 'JUNE1') to get the application for $7.50... that's less than £4 for peace of mind.
Head on over to the 'Sprite Mobile Swipe' store page to get your copy! A free trial is available, and a money-back guarantee is also offered.
I can imagine 'Sprite Mobile Swipe' doing even more in the future... I'm going to submit it as a feature suggestion to Sprite, but how cool would it be if the application did an encrypted backup via Sprite Backup before self destructing. Then if you DID get your phone back (or found it down the back of the sofa ), you wouldn't have to start from scratch!