Thief.ly solves smartphone theft by reciting hateful PhoneArena comments for the stolen device to the thief

Thief.ly solves smartphone theft by reciting hateful PhoneArena comments for the stolen device to the thief
High-end smartphones have become more attractive and expensive, but the unfortunate side effect is an unprecedented rise in smartphone theft! Unfortunately, there's no easy, painless way to prevent being robbed or mugged. But thankfully, there are apps out there that let you lock & wipe your smartphone remotely, or even look for it by tracing it with its inbuilt GPS sensor. 

The creators of Thief.ly, however, sought a different route. Based on technology developed by ex-BlackBerry security experts, this app automatically activates itself the moment your smartphone suspects suspicious activity from a third party, and begins to bombard them with hateful comments and reviews about the device, generated in real-time from the passionate readers of PhoneArena. 

Caught in the firestorm of spiteful comments, full of bile and glowing red-hot with resentment, thieves find themselves discouraged and empty of any naive beliefs that the smartphone they just stole has any worth at all - be it monetary, emotional, or of a purely technological character. As a result, criminals feel compelled to get rid of the horrible piece of techno-junk by returning it to its rightful owner, apologising, and expressing sincere regret about their incredibly unrewarding purchase, as well as their condolences for the significant financial and emotional repercussions following the matter.

Upon first launch, Thief.ly asks users to choose their handset, and offers the option to lock or unlock the device right from the app's home screen. After choosing a device, the app is ready to go without additional setup, save for selecting the voice which will be reading the angry comments to prospective burglars. The current version of the app has a limited selection comprised of "Microsoft Sam", "Android fanboy", "Bleeting iSheep", "Windows Phone Believer" and "BlackBerry Apologist", but more voice add-on packs will come in the form of in-app purchases.

Thief.ly has some additional functionality as well. For example, it presents a current database of the most stolen devices in different time periods, as well as a "blacklist" of devices that are so incredibly awful, even desperate thiefs wouldn't touch them. Users can also log-in with their Google or Facebook accounts and post ads for stolen and found smartphones within the app's social community.

Thief.ly is free and is available from the Google Play store.

Developer: Thief.lyDownload: Android
Category: SecurityPrice: Free (with in-app purchases)

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16 Comments

1. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1185; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Soooo.... We are even trying to fool "thieves" today, huh? LOL ;)

15. timukh

Posts: 295; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

So in a way we are helping the world :D :D

2. _moboy

Posts: 62; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

Loool i don't even know the dimension I'm to laugh in xD

3. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

april fools? :D

12. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

I seriously hope so. ROLF

16. Mittal

Posts: 494; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

Rolling on the laugh flooring ?

17. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

I guess... Either that or a typo while writting it fast. ROLF

14. aaronkatrini

Posts: 242; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

no doubt!

4. Yaldabaoth

Posts: 42; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

"HTC Desire? Ha! Enjoy being stuck on Froyo unless you wanna ditch Sense!" My ex-wife loved hers (on USCC) until it "aged out", so to speak.

5. JohnK

Posts: 117; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

Funny comments samples though

6. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

hey martin, you're in this one ;)

7. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Yes....April fools............lol......

8. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

PhoneArena comments? I hope the developer finds a more effective singer source for comments

9. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

good try PA....i never knew that apps are available in youtube too

11. Deadeye37

Posts: 305; Member since: Jan 25, 2011

Ah yea! Rick Rolled! I love this song! :)

13. Blazers

Posts: 751; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

There's lots of haters on this site, so the phone could be spewing hateful comments for years lol.

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