PhoneBAK for O2 Zinc by Bak2U (bärk-tə-yōō) is probably one of the most amazing software I have ever installed in my entire life till this point in time. My ActiveSync didn’t work as I thought it would – which I later discovered to be a setting on my PDA. Despite this, all it took was for me to copy the .cab file to my PDA to run on it. This is just the beginning of the fun part…


Ok, I have to admit that I am not a manual’s person – which means I don’t usually like to RTFM (read the friendly manual), but the installation process is intuitive enough for me to get to this stage.

After installing it, I didn’t see any icons in the Programs directory – which is quite a good thing because you won’t want the person who found/took your phone to know that you have PhoneBAK installed. So being a geek, I went into the Program Files directory where I found the directory. Clicking on PhoneBak.exe, the program fired up. As I didn’t want to mess up any settings, I opened the PDF file that came together with the software.

Ok. I admit it. Before I could proceed any further, it asked me for a password, which I won’t know till I read the manual. =P

After I got in, it reminded me that I have 3 days to register my copy before it expires and locks me out of my own phone ceases to be a really useful software to help safeguard my precious phone. Configuration from here on is a breeze. The first tab allowed me to add in notification numbers. It is important not to add in your own number. At first, I thought I had it figured out, but on second thoughts, I still don’t know why… but oh well, I added in the number of my other phones, my friend’s, my mum’s, my grandma’s, my dad’s, my neighbour’s and the police station hotline because I realise that I can now send SMSes to landed numbers and when the other person picks it up, the entire SMS gets read. Then again, I’m not too sure if it’s a good idea. Well, it probably depends on what messages you configure for it.

The next tab allows you to add in your SIM ID. This can usually be found on your SIM card. However, it adds the current SIM ID to the software database and you can either add the other IDs in manually or run this program again when you insert your other SIM cards. Of course, when you do the latter, an SMS will be sent out from that SIM card that you just used.

The 3rd tab is my favourite tab. You can add any messages you want. I replaced the default message with something along the lines of "Your stolen/missing phone has been used by an unauthorized SIM card". Of course, if you really lose your phone, then it’s no longer as amusing. However, if you do intend to use the police hotline as your notification number, then you might want to key in something like "This is a prank message. I don’t think you police can really catch me. Really. Maybe you should try hard, like really hard. Moreover, you guys probably do not know what I am using a stolen phone. Do you guys think you can really catch me? Really? Really? Really?". Well, it’s extra long so that the police can have some time to trace the number. =P But seriously, DO NOT route your messages to the police hot line because you might one day get a new SIM card (perhaps a 3G SIM card with the same phone number) and it’d still send the message if you hadn’t configure it. You have been warned.

The next tab is the activation tab – where you must enter your activation code within 3 days before it locks up your phone the software deactivates. It’s quite a simple step so there is no need for further discussion.

The last tab is the password tab – where you change the password where you initially entered. Do (1) change your password and (2) try not to use your mobile number/NRIC number/IMEI number as your password because these are some of the first few things that the perpetrator will use. Instead, use something that only you know. Something that is seemingly random… like 3452897956098204098560982345454524879098234957985692736487643593854. Ok, I was just kidding. It’s probably too long anyway.

So there you have it – the really useful software that doesn’t give the finder any excuse not to return you your phone. However, do remember to reward the person if you really dropped it and someone really returns it to you. After all, what is more precious than preventing your videos from leaking out? It’d be fun if the software can access the mobile cell station ID and triangulation information – better if it is able to record incoming and outgoing calls, SMSes and conversations. This will definitely track them down.

And just for the fun of it, I swapped the SIM card with my other SIM card and it worked like a charm. My friend, mother, grandmother, neighbour and minus the police station all got the message. Of course, besides my friend who has my other number, no one knew what in the world the message was for, so do think of a useful message to write when you configure your software so that you can also be notified somehow. Either that or you tell your mother, grandmother, dad and neighbour about the new software too and get them to try it as well! Haha… you’d never know if they’d ever need it. 😉

However, while that is still a dream, PhoneBAK from Bak2U still does what it is meant to be – an excellent anti-theft software that aims to provide loss protection. So, go on and try it today at or find out more at

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