Ernst-Jan Pfauth is the former Editor in Chief of Internet at NRC Handelsblad, as well as an acclaimed technology author and columnist. He a Ernst-Jan Pfauth is the former Editor in Chief of Internet at NRC Handelsblad, as well as an acclaimed technology author and columnist. He also served as The Next Web’s blog’s first blogger and Editor in Chief, back in 2008. At De Correspondent, Ernst-Jan serves as publisher, fostering the expansion of the platform.
While strolling around in Nepal, I was suddenly confronted with a problem of years ago. My sister is shooting a documentary here and stays for a few months. Thus she bought a Nepalese phone. A ultra-light plastic device with a SMS memory of around fifteen messages. The latter forces her to only save her most precious text messages – just like eight years ago.
I remember carefully selecting the messages from my flirts or the funniest texts from friends. Unlike now – I save them all – I really looked at my text collection as some sort of lifeline. Sometimes I had to throw a message away – with pain in my heart. If I had only known a service like Mobyko in those days.
Text messages archive in the cloud
This London-based start-up offers mobile phone users a backup service with which you can manage and share your mobile life from a secure online account. This also includes text messages. You can easily forward them to “the cloud” and read them back whenever you want. Such an archive would have been a mobile dream come true.
Don’t lose anything
The Mobyko back-up services of course go further than just SMS messages. That makes the service also relevant for these days. You can sync your contacts and calendar, plus there’s the option of saving, streaming and sharing all your photos and videos (i.e. via a Facebook app). Julian Saunders founded Mobyko in 2006, after losing his mobile phone so that he would never lose his important business contacts and valuable family snaps again.
Compatibility as an USP
Google, Apple, Plaxo, Soocial, and many more offer similar services – yet Mobyko has one major advantage over them. The British service already supports cloud syncing for over 500 mobile phone models. They’re striving to add new models every day, ’cause, their fact sheet says:
10,0000 mobile phones are left in London cabs every month – Credent Technologies
Mobyko is a freemium service while its premium service costs £25 (€29,50) per annum.
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