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Verizon offers MobileMe-like recovery app

New mobile recovery application lets users do such things as start an alarm, locate the device, and remotely lock it for safety reasons.

Verizon Wireless said today it has launched a mobile recovery application for its customers.

The application, which is included in the company's Total Equipment Coverage offering, allows users to secure (and find) their mobile phones when they're lost. According to a statement from Verizon, users will be able to access the program both online and on their phones. From within the app, users can start an alarm to help them find the device around the house. The carrier said that the alarm works "even if the phone is on silent or vibrate mode."

The app's Locate Phone feature accesses the device's GPS. It then displays a map and address where it's located. Verizon's offering also includes turn-by-turn directions to help users get to their device.

Finally, the new app includes a "Secure Phone" feature. If a user fears their device is lost and they have sensitive data on it, they can lock the phone remotely. They can also use the "Device Remote Wipe" option to erase contacts from the phone.

Verizon's mobile recovery tool is nothing new. Apple's MobileMe service provides similar offerings for iPhone owners, including remote wipe, a locate feature, and a remote lock.

Verizon's application is available at no additional charge with the company's Total Equipment Coverage. That service costs $5.99 per month for regular mobile phones. It costs $7.99 per month for "advanced devices." The new recovery application will only work with supported devices. For now, that includes the Motorola Droid X, the BlackBerry Tour, and the Palm Pre Plus, among several others.