FindMyiPhone reflects Apple patent hints

Today Apple hinted that they are looking to enhance the Find My iPhone app with additional features to help lost iPhones find their way home. Maybe they should have explored the App Store first?

Return My Phone, launched last month, not only encourages owners to protect their iPhones using the Passcode Lock feature, it manages the safe return of a lost device and allows the owner to pay a reward to the finder.

Graham Mead, founder of Return My Phone, said: “Our research shows that most people would try to return a lost iPhone, but if a reward was being offered they would go to greater lengths to do so. With Return My Phone, returning a lost iPhone is both quick and safe, without the owner having to disclose personal information or arranging anonymous meetings. On setting up the app, the owner decides how much they would pay as a reward. So if they ever lose their iPhone the finder is incentivised to return it using our hassle-free Freepost service. We act as the neutral go-between, managing the reward payment and safe handover of lost iPhones.”

Return My Phone has been developed to ensure that the installation of the bespoke Lock Screens is simple, while the process of returning a lost iPhone is easy, and free, for the finder.

“Using a PIN to protect your iPhone and personal information is common sense but most people don’t bother. By having a PIN lock in place and installing Return My Phone, iPhone owners are protecting their personal data and avoiding hefty replacement costs if they lose their device. The PIN protects their information, while the app enables the iPhone to find its way home quickly and safely. And the finder is rewarded for their honesty! It might be the only app you buy but never actually need, but if you have to call on our services it could prove to be the best app you ever bought”, said Graham.

Apple has only just applied for the patent to enhance Find My iPhone so it could take months, or even years, to be developed. Sure, the enhancements promise to do a whole lot more, but for a simple, useful solution, Return My Phone is the app that can give you immediate peace of mind for only 59p.

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iPhone OS 3.1.2 or later
* 0.9 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Return My Phone 1.0 is only £0.59 and is available exclusively through the App Store in the Utilities category.

Founded in January 2011, Return My Phone went live in the app store on Saturday 14 May 2011. The app is the only one of its kind in the app store as it offers both a bespoke and unique Lock Screen, as well as managing an iPhones safe return in exchange for a reward paid to the finder. Return My Phone is a small, privately-owned, limited company, based in Surrey.



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