Stolen HTC phone with Windows Mobile 6.5 wiped remotely

Last week at the Mobile World Congress, many vendors launched their new Windows Phones and one amongst them was HTC which launched two new models - HTC Touch Pro2 and HTC Touch Diamond2. A HTC prototype Windows Phone loaded with Windows Mobile 6.5 was pick-pocketed from an executive's pocket during an evening function at the Mobile World Congress.

The stolen Windows Phone is believed to be either a HTC Touch Pro2 or HTC Touch Diamond2 and was given by Microsoft to Telstra's CEO Sol Trujillo to try and test the new Windows Mobile OS. Sol handed it to an unnamed executive who was then pick-pocketed.

APC Magazine has confirmed from its sources close to Microsoft that the entire operating system and all the user data on the handset were remotely erased from the phone as soon as the theft was reported.

It is not sure whether this theft was aimed at Sol's private data or getting hands on with the new beta version of Windows Mobile 6.5 and the new HTC Windows Phone. However, Windows Mobile users should be happy that a remote cleanup of the OS did save the day (if the pickpocket had not taken any backup in the meantime)

It always becomes necessary to back up our phone data and be prepared for situations like this. Its a good coincidence that Microsoft also released My Phone, a service to sync text messages, photos, video, contacts and more to the Web, at the Mobile World Congress.

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