Latest in mobile security: Introducing the ‘scream tone’

Have you ever got that sinking feeling after losing your cell phone? Wanted to scream or howl like a wolf? Now, T-Mobile’s Android customers can do just that through a new security featured dubbed “Scream Tones,” loud and obnoxious sounds that users can activate in order to track down a lost or stolen phone or tablet.

T-Mobile customers who download the Lookout mobile app can now choose from among six different sounds, including a wolf howl, train whistle, euro siren, beam me up, the T-Mobile jingle, and Lookout’s original siren. The idea is that the owner of the phone can find the lost or stolen device on a Google map, and then activate the sound.

“Smartphones and tablets are our most personal devices and as consumers store more information on them, there’s an elevated interest to protect them,” said Torrie Dorrell, vice president of application, content and games, T-Mobile USA  in a press release announcing the new feature. “Lookout is a great fit for T-Mobile because the app is powerful yet easy to use, and it gives our customers protection across a range of mobile security threats.”

You can listen to the various “scream tones’ here.

[Hat tip to VentureBeat]

  • Joe M.

    Isn’t this pretty similar to what is already offered at windowsphone.com?