Apple has announced today that it has made its Find my iPhone service free, allowing users to locate their iPhones remotely without paying for a subscription fee.
The feature which was previously only available to subscribers of Apple’s cloud storage service, MobileMe, for a yearly fee of $99 (roughly £62), can now be set up free of charge by simply downloading the free MobileMe app from the App Store, then heading to the iPhone Settings application where they can turn the feature on and off.
Enabling it will allow the user to remotely display their iPhone on a map from a web browser, and in case of theft or loss, wipe its data to prevent sensitive information falling into the wrong hands.
Apple’s decision to make the Find My iPhone service free does come conveniently after HTC launched its own version of it through HTCSense.com, which does pretty much the same thing.
Rumours have already surfaced that Cupertino may also be readying a free tier option for MobileMe, which automatically backs up content on the device online to minimise the need to sync them manually with iTunes.
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