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Lookout Premium Headed to Android “Later this Year”

Famed mobile security app Lookout is announcing to its long-time userbase that there will be a premium version of their service some time before the end of the year.  (In the next 2.5 months?)  The important part here isn’t that they’ll have new features included in the premium version, but that in order to keep a free version with the full list of current benefits, you need to have it installed now or at least before the paid version launches.  If that sounds confusing, just understand that you should download and install Lookout now if you want to keep all of its current features free for life.

The letter below explains it much better than I can.  

Hello,

We’re excited to let you know that we’ll be releasing Lookout Mobile Security Premium for Android later this year. We will continue to offer our award-winning free Lookout product and we will be adding a premium offering for those of you who want added protection. While we can’t reveal the details of the Premium version just yet, we can tell you what will happen for our existing users.

For you, nothing changes– unless you want it to! Because you are an existing Lookout user you can continue to use the same great Lookout product you know and love for as long as you want, free of charge. While we will continue to offer a free product, a few of our free features will become premium features for new users. Existing users like yourself will get to keep using those features free of charge for the life of your account. If you are interested in upgrading to the new Premium product, you’ll have the option to do that. And if you change your mind, you can always go back to what you have today for free.

Here’s How it Will Work:
– We will continue to have a great free version of Lookout
– Lookout Premium will be coming out soon (more details, including price, to come)
– You’ll have the option to upgrade to Lookout Premium
– For existing users, you get to continue using all the features in your Free product today, for the life of your account
– Note: The first version of Lookout Premium will be for Android users only. Additional platforms will follow.

When we release more information about Lookout Premium, you’ll be first to know. Stay tuned and thank you for supporting Lookout. If you have any questions, please send us a note at [email protected]

In the meantime, tell your friends to sign up for Lookout now!

Best,
John Hering
CEO, Lookout Mobile Security

Anyone a big Lookout fanatic?  Using something else like WaveSecure?

Cheers Kris!

  • yup

    You're all tools, being someone who has developed for android it's unneeded. Virus software for the mac is a complete and total gimmick to get money from mac users. Viruses you write for mac are no where near as damageing as they are on a pc, and you really have to know what you're doing to get one. On this phone, again with the way the operating system is you have to really know what you're doing to get any sort of malware on your phone. Actually do your research instead of following scare tactics these companys use to make you pay for crap like antivirus on macs and android phones.

  • http://www.borderinvasionpics.com/ FlatFoot

    I've used LookOut since I first got my Droid X. In fact, I believe it was the first app I downloaded after doing some checking into antivirus/antimalware apps. I like it fine. It seems to work well although I've never had it catch anything malicious but I also use common sense as far as what I do with my Droid X and what I install on it. I've tested the LookOut Phone Locator and Alarm. The Locator isn't very accurate unless you leave GPS on all the time, but it'll get you fairly close. Leaving GPS on all the time drains the battery though, plus, you're phone and hence your exact location can be tracked easily via GPS by someone you may or may not know unbeknownst to you. The alarm is pretty loud and shrill. The contacts backup and pictures backup is handy too.

    There is a very real possibility that your phone could inadvertently be infected by a virus and/or malware. Think about it. If you surf the net or use wifi on that phone, or install and uninstall various apps, it's a done deal that someone somewhere is working hard on creating a virus/malware to infect it, or already has.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Casey-Donegan/100001552058856 Casey Donegan

    I'm using it and it is so alsome and is every person dream sercurity app. c – : l

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Janacek/1087230071 Mike Janacek

    This Has Got To Be The Biggest Gimmick Ever. The Android OS Is Open-Source And Is Highly UNLIKELY To Get A Virus Like A Windows PC Would.

    http://www.droid-forum.com/getting-virus-t3163.html?p=3544

    • Sp4rxx

      People said the same about Mac O/S that it was virus proof and “no one would waste time writing viruses on a Mac” … well … they did … and now they have A/V programs for Mac …
      So better be safe than sorry

  • cjohnson481

    for those that have VZW and the TEC – Asurion coverage, Mobile Recovery is free. Does remote wipe and locate device.

  • brfield

    I got the email, was kind of excited, then wondered, what will the price be?
    It'd be cool if instead of a party period it was an app.

  • RoadsterHD1

    if you have latitude, can't you just locate your phone via laptop?

    • El El Kool J

      yup already did that for my niece she lost her eris.. ya that right eris.. even the crappy droids can be found..lol..

      probably should of left it lost though :P

      • RoadsterHD1

        Very cool. And if you have a lock screen then people can't get in. The only thing is the SD card can be taken out. But if you locate it soon enough then you can recover it before that happens…. :)

  • JubbaTheHutt

    I'd be very weary of using this “great app”. I installed it last week, ran a backup of my device, and shortly after realized that 95% of my photos were removed. And strangely enough, they were not backed up on my account…

    I've contacted customer support in hopes that they can retrieve them, but since submitting my question last Monday I have yet to receive a single response.

    I really wish Mobile Defense had open-Beta :(

    • Phil

      If it is only photos you lost, you can get most of them back with MJM Photo Recovery
      http://www.snapfiles.com/get/mjmphotorecovery.html

    • http://twitter.com/b_noble b_noble

      I'm the director of Support at Lookout and I'd like to help figure out what went wrong with your pictures. I searched and couldn't find a ticket from a 'JubbaTheHutt' alias so maybe you could send another request to support at mylookout dot com? I'll keep an eye out for it.

  • El El Kool J

    Lookout, mobile defense, wave secure.. really!! If someone steals your phone and you try to find it all they have to do is remove the battery. lol.. This just waste good memory on my phone.. :P

    • MikeD

      Except they aren't just for finding stolen phones. Ever lost your phone and needed to find it? You can set off an alarm so you can hear it and locate it. Phone stolen and worried about your data? You can remotely wipe it. Phone stolen and you forgot to back it up? You can remotely do that. And they usually aren't memory hogs, atleast Mobile Defense isn't. The application stays dormant until remotely activated or performing routine update notifications. There are no continual background services or resource intensive processes.

      • El El Kool J

        well if i lose my phone than I guess who ever finds it will be able to call all my friends for me.. :P Plus if you are so worried about all your data on your phone, dont you think you would be responsible enough to back it up?

        • Phil

          Actually, remote wiping does erase your sd card

          • El El Kool J

            ok so I had to try it out.. and what do ya know.. all my data on my sd card is “still” there. But my phone is wiped out. Maybe I did something wrong idk..

  • http://twitter.com/CherryDivaAsh Ashley McCrea

    I have stuck with Lookout from day 1 of owning my POS Eris. But I recently discovered Norton which I like because I can block calls and texts. Plus I have Norton on my computer at home. It's a name you can trust.

    • jparness

      Wow, I didn't realize Norton had an Android app, but I guess it makes sense that they would try to take profits from the mobile market too. Personally, I avoid Norton (and all big-name anti-virus programs) becuase they are usually full of bloated code that bogs down your machine. Is the mobile app any good; how's it affect the performance of your phone?

  • Cporter15

    Does your lookout stay running in the top area of your phone the notification area? I uninstalled because it stayed up there constantly even after killing the process it came right back up there. I would think that it would only show up if it's scanning. Does that mean it scans 24/7 for malware? I thought it would drain my battery. What's your thoughts?

    • Flying_Hellfish

      Just set it to not show in the notification area. Lookout > Menu > Notification Settings… remove the checkmark.

      I do not think it scans 24/7

      • Cporter15

        Thanks!

  • RoadsterHD1

    Which one is better, wave secure or look out? What happens after the 7 day trial on wave secure???

  • syrinth

    I love lookout I might go to premium version when it comes out but I want to see what those new freatures will be

    • El El Kool J

      if you read thoroughly thru this post you can see that you already have the premium version
      quote ” If that sounds confusing, just understand that you should download and install Lookout now if you want to keep all of its current features free for life.” end quote

  • Br_d

    Has anyone ever had Lookout catch any malware? I uninstalled it because I don't really feel vulnerable to malware/viruses, and there are other apps that can locate your phone if it gets stolen or lost.

  • Jmiranda3983

    im very happy with lookout and ill stick with it :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=717199571 Jason Lassourreille

    I got this e-mail today as well. I think the lookout team has been doing a good job with the app, but there have been only minor updates and no new features for a while. They also had the “scandal” from a few months ago with the wallpaper app not being malware. I think there is a market for apps like this, but with a pretty stiff competition (wave secure owned by McAfee, and Verizon's own app) they need to step up their feature set.

  • slackerjoe

    WOW, I was just about to forward you a copy of the email I got for this. Great job on staying up on EVERYTHING guys!!!! =)

  • villian1998

    I still stick with mobile defense…. I'm hoping this hiatus means that they are working on some great stuff

    • Coaster36

      Just hang in there about mobile defense, im in the alpha test group and there are some impressive new features that will be very nice when they are released.

      They are just a real small company and have alot to work on.

  • http://www.myspace.com/abrielband Tim-o-tato

    1st :P

    • El El Kool J

      first to comment on your first :P