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Three prototype pieces of technology, designed to cut down on mobile-phone crime, have been unveiled by the Home Office and the Design Council.
The prototypes, announced on Thursday, are aimed at protecting phone users against identity fraud and device theft, and making handsets more secure for contactless electronic payments. The designs came out of a Home Office-sponsored contest called the Mobile Phone Security Challenge.
The first of the designs is the i-migo, a key fob that has a wireless Bluetooth connection to the handset. If the phone and device are separated by more than a preset distance, the phone is locked and the i-migo sounds an alert.
According to the Home Office, 228 mobile phones are reported stolen in the UK every hour.
The i-migo also provides Bluetooth-based backup for important data held on the handset.