[New App] Catch an iPhone thief today!

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by kilobytedump, Feb 26, 2009.

  1. kilobytedump

    kilobytedump Member

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    I've written an unusual app for the iPhone. It's called 'Caught You!'

    The app basically resides on your iPhone disguised as a banking details app. When you open it the app covertly sends you, via an email, where your iPhone is (GPS position via Google Maps).

    The idea is you just configure it (enter your email), run it a few times (so the iPhone stops asking for permission to get a GPS lock) and wait.

    If you misplace your iPhone or someone steals your iPhone chances are they'll be only to happy to click on the Banking Details app. They need do nothing else. The app will straight away send you a secret email telling you where the iPhone, and the thief, is.


    And here is the iTunes Blurb: (Have fun)

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    Want a lifeline if your iPhone is stolen?

    Caught You! places an icon called 'Bank Details' on your iPhone home screen.

    When that icon is pressed the GPS co-ordinates of your iPhone are mailed to you via a google maps link. (You actually 'see' where your iPhone is)

    You'll know exactly where your phone is!

    You may even have a chance to get it back.

    How Caught You! works:

    - The first time you open Caught You! you are prompted to enter an email address. This is the ONLY time this screen will ever be seen.

    - Every time after this when the application is launched a mail will be sent to that email address with a google maps link to the position of your iPhone.

    - All the user will see is a dummy screen asking for a password to access stored bank details.

    Have fun with Caught You!

    We hope that you get your iPhone back if it is stolen.

    Caught You! recommends that you follow the proper process to retrieve your iPhone if stolen. Contact your local authorities with this information to report the theft.
     
  2. THEDeliriumTrigger

    THEDeliriumTrigger Well-Known Member

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    Dude thats so brilliant, i must say, but if consumers know, im sure burglars could know too! Im sure itll be effective either way though, if i had an iphone instead of touch, id get this in an instant!
     
  3. coconutbowling

    coconutbowling Well-Known Member

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    Poor Kamazar. He could of used this a month ago. Great idea though.
     
  4. So, basically it's iDateMe, but with banking details instead of a pretend dating site?
     
  5. THEDeliriumTrigger

    THEDeliriumTrigger Well-Known Member

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    I think banking details are more prone to get opened than a dating site, just saying
     
  6. Kamazar

    Kamazar Well-Known Member

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    Haha. Thx for thinking of me. I have a touch, though, so this would've been useless. Got a new one though, and contently listening to Skid Row while browsing my backlogged apps.

    Seriously, though, Kilo, you're a genius. If Verizon ever carries the iPhone, this will be one of the first apps I get.
     
  7. tosui

    tosui Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, that's brilliant! Nice one!

    I agree that (smarter) thieves will know what the app is. Is there any way to have the owner choose the name/icon to be displayed on the device? That way, no thief would know what it is!

    Also, having an email of the last phone # called might be useful to track down the dirtbag!
     
  8. Kamazar

    Kamazar Well-Known Member

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    Maybe he could release 5-10 of the same apps with different names, or change the name with every update. I doubt you can change the app name itself.
     
  9. BulletDev

    BulletDev Well-Known Member

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    Hold up! Are you saying that this is a completely new application?! Awesome! We haven't seen many since the store opened :p

    Just kidding, it looks great.
     
  10. True enough -- but them, iDateMe has that whole nekkid couple thing going for it...

    Guess it depends on if the thief is a porn fiend or out for quick cash. Maybe best to get both? :)
     
  11. CandyNJ66

    CandyNJ66 Well-Known Member

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    This won't work on the touch 2nd gen? I don't care if the idea was 100 years old, it's bloody wicked. I would get that app in a second!
     
  12. Haephestos

    Haephestos Well-Known Member

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    Awesome!
    @CandyNJ66: It will only work on devices that have a GPS chip.
     
  13. kilobytedump

    kilobytedump Member

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    Guys!

    Thanks for the feedback! I'll bring more with different names out also. Suggestions welcome.

    Kilobytedump.
     
  14. tosui

    tosui Well-Known Member

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    Good call. You're probably right about the name of the app itself being maintained (to keep the submission process easier), but can devs change name that's displayed on the device with each update? (We know they can change the icon easily enough - look at Pocket God!)

    That might be easier than having ten versions of the same app (which would have to be purchased to switch between them, to have any difference) in the store.
     
  15. kilobytedump

    kilobytedump Member

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    You can't change the app icon at runtime. So its out of the question to give the user the option to change icon.

    However, I have come up with a solution. I'll update the app once a month with a new icon/trap so the user only pays once but the 'trap' is always changing!

    Well I will if anyone buys the app in the first place. It currently ranked 3006 in the US :(
     
  16. Kamazar

    Kamazar Well-Known Member

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    Send emails to blogs and review sites. Spread the word. You can't expect 500 people to stumble on this amazing app and talk about it.
     

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