Orange Offers ‘Screaming’ Phones
August 9th, 2006

The BBC reported last week that the five UK networks agreed to block a mobile phone, within 48 hours of being reported stolen.

And now, according to Gizmodo UK and Larry Seltzer’s Security Blog, wireless operator Orange is suggesting another option: a screaming phone . Using software from Synchronica, when stolen it emits a loud wail not unlike a person screaming.

“If you lose your phone, you call the help desk, they issue the remote wipe-and-lock, and the cell phone emits a loud, annoying sound.

And if that doesn’t work, it also includes a “remote wipe-and-lock feature”, to delete potentially sensitive data over the air.

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