The Jared Company, a leading creator of smartphone apps, has released what may be the most useful free app for the forgetful Blackberry® user—Last Ditch Beacon sends an email with the last-known location of the Blackberry, when the battery is down to 10 percent.
According to JaredCo, 30 percent of lost or misplaced Blackberry smartphones have dead batteries. Most tracking apps need to communicate with the device in order to find them, which is impossible once the battery is drained.
Using the Blackberry GPS, Last Ditch Beacon sends an email with the last known location of the device, even if it’s low on juice—complete with a Google map link showing the approximate location.
Other features of Last Ditch Beacon:
Those surveyed include customers who have downloaded and purchased one or more of his company’s apps for BlackBerry smartphones and are subscribed to the JaredCo mailing list. Most are from the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom, as well as other countries where the BlackBerry App World™ storefront is available.
“At The Jared Company we design apps to make BlackBerry and other smartphones more powerful, indispensable tools in people’s lives,” said JaredCo founder and CEO Steven Kader said. “We believe the results of this survey of our customers demonstrate we’ve been on target in creating BlackBerry apps that provide BlackBerry customers improved functionality, productivity and utility in their devices.”
Nearly 70 percent of the 5,732 survey respondents said they plan to buy a BlackBerry® 10 smartphone when they are ready to replace their current BlackBerry smartphone.
About 54 percent of those who said they plan to buy a BlackBerry 10 smartphone when they are ready for a new phone said they prefer BlackBerry over other platforms, and another 19.5 percent said they would buy a BlackBerry 10 smartphone because of “appealing features.”
Of the respondents, 39.74 percent have been using a BlackBerry smartphone for the past three to five years, and 27.41 percent for more than five years.
A great majority – 68.3 percent – of those completing the survey said they prefer using a keyboard to an all-touch device, and 88.03 percent said they expect that their current apps will be available on the BlackBerry 10 platform.
Survey respondents said the most valued features of BlackBerry smartphones are email/short message service (25.01 percent), BlackBerry® Messenger (BBM™) (23.09 percent) and ease of use (20.05 percent).
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BlackBerry® Messenger (“BBM”) is a fantastic application that most BlackBerry® enthusiasts use all the time. Here are some quick tips on how to do more with BBM;
You can send files, photos, voice notes, and contacts to your BBM contacts (requires BlackBerry® Device Software 5.0 or later and may not be available for all users).
An interesting BBM feature uses GPS technology to send your location to a BBM contact, who can then see where you are on BlackBerry® Maps. (This feature may not be available for all users.)
Your contact will now be able to see your location.
Want a quick way to add a friend to your BBM contact list? Try scanning the BBM barcode from their BlackBerry smartphone. Simply scan your friend´s barcode and they are added to your BlackBerry Messenger contact list.
Stay connected with groups of friends, family, or co-workers by creating groups of BBM contacts.
And Most Importantly:
BACKUP YOUR BBM CONTACTS:
Let us know if you have any other BBM Tips, and we will post them.