BlackBerry Protect helps get a mother her missing BlackBerry Z10, stuffed with baby pictures, back



BlackBerry Protect is built into the BlackBerry 10 OS (it is enabled by default on the BlackBerry Passport and BlackBerry Classic) and allows you to access your phone via a web site if it is lost or stolen. And once you connect with your lost or stolen 'Berry, you can lock it to make sure that your data doesn't end up in the wrong hands. You can also write a message on the screen that gives contact information to anyone who finds the missing BlackBerry. And if you are sure that you will never, ever see your beloved BlackBerry again, you can use the Protect website to wipe the phone.

And that brings us to the Schito family of Waterloo, Ontario. If that location sounds familiar, that is because it is where the corporate headquarters of BlackBerry resides. Andrew Schito works for BlackBerry and his wife Teresa works as a Communications Coordinator for the Region of Waterloo. One day, Teresa was at the community center for her swimming lesson when...HORROR! Her BlackBerry Z10 was AWOL.

On the way home, Teresa was upset. Let's hear how she felt in her own words. "The drive home had me thinking about all my pictures, and I started to get very upset. Months’ worth of pictures and videos of my little guy growing were potentially gone. It was heartbreaking." Her husband immediately signed on to the BlackBerry Protect website and put a message on the missing phone's screen, leaving a contact number in case it was found.

BlackBerry Protect also discovered that the phone was in an apartment building across town. The cops were called in, and while outside the apartment where BlackBerry Protect said the phone was located, Andrew used the website (from his own 'Berry) to have the missing Z10 make a noise that one of the cops heard. The cop entered the apartment and the phone was turned over to its rightful owner without an incident.

Sure, since her husband works at BlackBerry, Teresa could have simply had him bring home a new phone. But she was worried about the baby pictures that could have been lost forever.


You can grab more information about BlackBerry Protect by clicking on the sourcelink. 


source: BlackBerry (1), (2)

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  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
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  • Battery 1800 mAh(10h 3G talk time)

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123 Comments

1. meanestgenius

Posts: 22075; Member since: May 28, 2014

One of the many great features built in to BlackBerry devices. I'm glad they were able to recover the device along with all of the potentially lost memorabilia.

3. Busyboy

Posts: 731; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

Ugh just wish BB made a Z30 successor with good specs and full android bundled with BB security.

6. Mxyzptlk unregistered

And a design that isn't as boxy as the Passport.

8. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Do you understand the word 'successor' ? Passport caters different category and their Z series different. But I guess, the concept of variety is not something you'd understand.

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 22075; Member since: May 28, 2014

Especially since he's an iPhone user. No variety there whatsoever.

15. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I've used many devices previously.

18. meanestgenius

Posts: 22075; Member since: May 28, 2014

"I've used many Apple devices previously". There. I fixed your post for you.

19. Mxyzptlk unregistered

My post didn't need fixing.

26. meanestgenius

Posts: 22075; Member since: May 28, 2014

Sure it did.

27. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You need fixing.

34. meanestgenius

Posts: 22075; Member since: May 28, 2014

Pretty sure you're referring to yourself with that comment.

36. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Pretty sure you just used a No You response.

45. meanestgenius

Posts: 22075; Member since: May 28, 2014

And? Your point?

46. Mxyzptlk unregistered

That was my point.

52. meanestgenius

Posts: 22075; Member since: May 28, 2014

So there was no point at all. Got it.

60. Mxyzptlk unregistered

No that's practically every argument you've started.

64. meanestgenius

Posts: 22075; Member since: May 28, 2014

Says the troll.

68. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Says the pot.

72. meanestgenius

Posts: 22075; Member since: May 28, 2014

That's what you must be smoking if you think you're not a troll.

76. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I know you is but what am I.

83. meanestgenius

Posts: 22075; Member since: May 28, 2014

I know you is but what am I. I can do that too.

84. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You're a sad little kid.

88. meanestgenius

Posts: 22075; Member since: May 28, 2014

I know you is but what am I? Lol

92. Mxyzptlk unregistered

A bannable word

95. meanestgenius

Posts: 22075; Member since: May 28, 2014

Don't chicken out now. Be a man and say the the word.

98. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I don't need to stoop all the way to your level.

102. meanestgenius

Posts: 22075; Member since: May 28, 2014

Your feathers are falling off.

14. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Do you understand the word opinion?

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 22075; Member since: May 28, 2014

Because of Androids roots in open source, even with BlackBerry security baked in, it would not be as secure as current BlackBerry devices running BB10. BB10 is based off of QNX. It's the most secure OS out there.

12. engineer-1701d unregistered

so what if she got it back if she had android all the pics would auto backup to her account for this reason, and android device would show where the phone was still getting the police to help get it they wont, they dont care, they much rather sit at startbucks or gas station and eat and drink for free while i pay for them to do this.

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