e-GPS app reviewed!
e-GPS is one handy little app. It has a lot of the features of some of its more expensive competitors but at a fraction of the cost. I have been using this app for a couple days and played with most of the features.
Here is a description of the app;
An application for the BlackBerry(R) Smartphone. If you have ever lost, misplaced or had your phone stolen, or want to cover yourself in case it happens in the future, then this is the app for you.
It allows you to remotely send a command to your phone that will have your phone email you, its GPS location, your address book with all your contact information, as well as remotely wipe your phone and SD card to protect all of your information. Also if you have misplaced your phone at home or office, you can send an alert command, and have it ring, even if the sounds are turned completely off or set to vibrate. Once downloaded and activated, it runs in the background, and works by command, through email or SMS.
- Once you Enable the program, you can send remote commands to your phone to make it back up your contacts, send its GPS location, sound an alert even when your phone is muted/on vibrate (so that you can locate it), as well as remotely wipe the phone and memory card.
- Back up contacts- contactsxxxx (where xxxx is the pin you set) - to back up your contacts to your email.
- Location sent to you- locationxxxx (where xxxx is the pin you set) - to send the GPS location of the phone.
- Find your phone even if its on vibrate or silence- alertxxxx (where xxxx is the pin you set) - to sound an alert so you can locate your phone.
- Erase it all the OS, memory card all of it- wipexxxx (where xxxx is the pin you set) - to remotely wipe your phone and SD card.
- The commands can be sent via SMS or email.
- PLEASE MAKE SURE TO DO A BATTERY PULL AFTER ENABLING THE APPLICATION FOR THE FIRST TIME.
- IF YOU ARE A VERIZON CUSTOMER PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOUR GPS IS UNBLOCKED FOR THIRD PARTY APPLICATIONS!
Here is my review of the features. My comments will be Blue for good, and Red for bad. So with out further ado;
- Contact Backup- WOW! This is a great way to get your contacts if you have lost your phone. It sends them in a simple text file but it would be far better than nothing if you ever lost your trusty berry.
- Location- Works perfect. You want to make sure you have it set to an address that you can view through webmail though so that you get the email back with your location.
- Alerts- Ok so if your anything like me I set my phone down randomly at home and often forget where. Now with a simple email I can easily find it. Even if its on silent. The alert is very loud so you will definitely here it going off and find your phone. Alert can not be silenced once your phone is found, but I talked to the developer and they have plans to add that feature.
- Remote Wipe- Now I did not try this feature but if it works like the rest, it could be a real life saver
- Sending Commands- It was easiest for me to send via email. They worked the second the email was received. I didn't have another phone to try and use the sms feature.
- Customer service- I had a simple problem and emailed customer service. It was less than 5 minutes to get a response and answer to my questions. They were also very helpful in getting my issue resolved. Memory usage- Virtually 0. This app is small and very light on the memory when running.
Now with all that said. On a scale of 1-5, 5 being the best and 1 being the worst. e-GPS scores a healthy 4 out of 5. My reasons it doesn't get a perfect 5 are 3 very simple ones. 1- Not being able to silence the alert(when fixed will bump up to 4.5). 2- The UI could use just a little more to be pleasing to the eye. 3- When you use the email to send the message you have to type the command in the subject line, and in the text body, which is not a huge deal but it was enough to knock of .25 of the score. Overall for the price and ability of this app I would highly recommend it to all.
Great review...Might have to give this a go. :fing02:
Thanks for the write up.
Looks like a GREAT app, that you can play hide and go seek with!!!
Great Review J....Love this application...the size is small...but it can do so much if you do lose your phone. I am an owner and a fan of this application!
yea this really is a great app, the price is great.. cant beat it IMHO
how do i keep tracking of my phone from my computer
What do you mean check the location?
Originally Posted by wdfalco
You would have to log into the email that you have the app set to from the pc.. to get the msg and then use the location on a map to find your phone... I believe
If you loose your phone, you send yourself an e-mail with the term"location" and your password and the phone will send back a Google map with it's location push pinned on the map.
If the phone is somewhere you haven't been it means someone has stolen it ot picked it up. At that point you can send an e-mail with "contacts" and your password and it will send you back all your information on the phone in an e-mail. Then if you don't want anyone to have your information you can send the "wipe" code and it will nuke your phone.
I keep alot of stuff on my phone, airline pin numbers, employee information etc. It is nice to know I can keep it away from anyone who might "find" my phone
This is very confusing for us idiots. Do you set the email address in the app to the phones email address that the app is loaded on? Lets say you lose your phone and send the location alert from a friends phone does the app send a response back to the friends phone? I tried it and it sent an email alert to the original phone what good does that do me if the phone is LOST. It would work much better if it could auto send it to whichever email address that the email alert request originates from. Am I doing something wrong?
You need to set it to an email address that you can get to not on the phone... Like for instance my @bbos email I can access through webmail so I use that one. That way I can get it f the phone is lost. But it is the address I have the app registered to
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My Experience with e-GPS
e-GPS has features that look very promising. However, the implementation of this program, fails miserably. The program fails to work consistently. The locate feature or the alert feature will occasionally for me, but the majority of the time, the commands seem to do nothing.
I contacted customer service and they suggested a battery pull. I pulled the batter again (also did it when I installed the program) and the results did not improve. I then emailed customer service back multiple times without a response. After a couple of weeks of no response, I asked Felix how I could get some assistance. He asked me for all of the various details on my Blackberry, what other programs I had running, etc., so he could send to the programmer to determine what the issue was. I sent this info off, and never got a reply from Felix or the developer. After several more weeks of no responses to emails, I asked for a full refund since this program does not work. Felix has refused to provide a refund. Blackberry App World will not respond either.
If you want to take a chance that this program may work, go for it and I wish you good luck. If you ever need technical support or customer service, good luck on getting any response. If you do get a response, I doubt it will help resolve the issue.
I suggest you save your money you would pay for this program, and instead go with the free version of SmrtGuard. Iíve used it for a few days, it works consistently, and their customer service is vastly superior to that offered for e-GPS.
Hey josh welcome to ::bbos::. I received an email from mobihand just today saying that the app was updated to version 1.1. I did try to update but it keeps sending me a link for 1.0 . I am sure their link is just not updated yet. Hopefully this will correct your issue. I have to agree that v 1.o was indeed sparatic in operation.
Both are great programs. I have never had any trouble with e GPS or smart guard. And as far as customer service I can't attest to because I have never had to use either. You do need to use an email that you can acess some where besides your BB. Like a yahoo or other web based account.
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This is a great app...
My wife is known for loosing her BB, and we were about to use e-gps force ringer and find her phone. She keeps the damn thing on silent and then losses it in the house. When she lost her PERFECTLY working 8110, I bought her an 8900 to replace it. We found the 8110 4 weeks later!!!!! Wish we had e-gps then!
It's one of those funny things, like a safe or insurance, that you spend money on and then never use (or hope to use). My eGPS just sits in a hidden folder collecting dust. I'm sure I'll be happy to have paid the low cost when something does happen.
Originally Posted by TheOnlyJrod
Agreed! I always tell people that at work (AT&T), when they buy a smartphone. I am like listen... Your paying 100-300 now for your smartphone with 2 year contract... If you break the phone before your upgrade, the replacement will be 500-800... Lets get the $70 insurance.
Originally Posted by handsomechap
Some say NO, some say YES... But I LOVE when the people who say no are back in 2-4 months with a broken phone and no insurance. I feel like saying I TOLD YOU!!!!
How is this different than SmartGuard? Sounds like a lot of the same features...
Against the full featured version of paid smrt gaurd yes, but this is a cheaper solution.
Originally Posted by Andrax
Much cheaper and no recurring charges....