It looks like RIM is slowly rolling out invitations for beta testing the new BlackBerry Protect service in the BlackBerry Beta Zone. If you haven’t gotten an invitation yet make sure you at least have a Beta Zone profile in case they send more out. Features of BlackBerry Protect include:
- Lock your smartphone to protect its contents
- Track the location of your smartphone
- Back up your data (contacts, calendar, etc.)
- Erase all data from your smartphone
- Activate a loud ring tone so you can find your smartphone
- Display a message on your Home screen
Besides for adding support for the Torch 9800, here’s the changelog for the latest update (version 18.104.22.168):
- Browser bookmarks stored in subfolders were not backed up.
- When you set or change your device password through the BlackBerry Protect web site, a password validation message was displayed before you finished typing the password.
- The label in the search field was misaligned in some browsers.
- If you had selected no data types to be backed up in the BlackBerry Protect application and attempted to back up data through the BlackBerry Protect website, a message was displayed saying that the device was not connected to the wireless network.
If you haven’t signed up yet you can do so at blackberry.com/protect. By signing up you’ll be notified when BlackBerry Protect is available for download. If you’re interested in testing the beta version be sure to sign in to the Beta Zone at blackberry.com/beta and make sure you’re profile is filled out. The invitations for the first beta are closed but I’m sure they’ll either open it up again or release an official version soon.
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