Finding your lost phone the Nigerian way

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Have you ever lost your phone and the custodian frustrates your tracking? Find Me app helps you feel safe if you ever lose your phone.

In this busy world of mothers multi-tasking, fathers juggling between their kid’s school, and gunmen running amok, expensive phones get lost in all the madness. Finding your lost phone in Nigeria is usually very difficult, unless the new ‘owner’ is patriotic enough to return it.femi alade

But finding your lost phone in Nigeria has got a little easier as a Nigerian application developer has launched Find Me, Nigeria’s first native find-my-lost-phone app that works with the uniqueness of local conditions.

The app, built by Femi Alade, the CEO of Pliris Mobile, is intended to fill the inadequacies of the Apple Fine-My-iPhone and the Google finder in Androids, built for foreign environments.

The app circumvents the human finders of lost phones’ ability to turn the phone off and change SIM cards to evade trackers. It functions with the core principle of limited data, and therefore depends largely on SMS and GPS rather than GPRS.

With Find Me, you can deactivate, lock or wipe the memory of a lost phone with a text message from a preset phone. In case no one picked your lost phone, it will send you its location when the battery runs out of energy; and its latest geographic coordinates when it comes on next. Do not worry if the new SIM inserted does not have air time, Pliris Mobile’s Find Me uses a prepaid text messaging that does not alert the ‘new owner’ of your phone it is tracked.

The Find me app, which can be downloaded for free from google play store, makes retracing your steps as easy as grabbing your friends phone and sending the required SMS.

After download, users are only required to create an account to access its dashboard features that helps you find your phone, from anywhere in the world.

The Find Me tracker app comes with an additional emergency gateway that helps you alert relatives when you find yourself in difficult situations such as kidnap or a tyre burst in the middle of a highway where call credits are not accessible. Its emergency service would locate you and send your coordinates to a preset rescuer.

Watch the video below to hear Femi describe details of the app.


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