Stealing Notebooks is pretty common, stealing mobile phones or PDAs is even easier. Even with a password protection, which might protect your files and data - your device is gone. :-(
Over at XDADevelopers they've started a pretty cool project called IIWPO which works with HTC Himalaya or Wallaby devices (known as Xda, Xda II, i-mate Phone Edition, etc).
If someone steals your device, they probably want to either change the name of the owner, or cold boot it altogether. Either way, with IIWPO installed the device detects that the owner name doesn't contain the name that you have set at the next wakeup and sends one or more SMS messages to a number you have set. In the best case, the new 'owner' provided address and all other relevant information. If he/she didn't, at least you have the new phone number of your device.
It is up to you what you do with this information.
Pretty cool idea. :-) IIWPO is available from XDADevelopers for free, a detailed instruction is available as well.
Come on, if someone steals a PDA phone, I think the first thing he does is format the device. A better approach, I beleive, is to warm all users to write down on a piece of paper their IMEI number, and track down the device via the police to get it back.
You might think I am jokin, but am not. Few months ago, this happened with me in my country, I called the GSM operator and identified myself, they contacted the police and waited for the mobile to be powered and making calls. They interrupted their call and ask both parties to show up to court. It's a long story, anyway I dont think a piece of software can help me restore my device, with all due respect to this software owners. of course the software idea is nice, but I think it's tedious.
Also nowadays (actually again this happened to me) when someone steals ur mobile, the frist thing he does is to throw away the SIM card.
So loosing SIM card, and formatting the device, I dont think I have many options left to restore it back (it happened I lost once my ipaq, and then my Motorola MPX 200).
Posted by Arne Hess on 17.12.04 - 12:17:19
 Don't forget one important feature of the HTC devices: the persistent storage which stays even after a hard reset! :-p And even if I wish - not everybody is reading PPCW.Net to know about the persistent storage. ;-)