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Always forgetting your phone? Well, you should probably pay more attention. Failing that, maybe get one of those Bluetooth tethers that can warn you when you're about to leave the phone behind. HTC makes one of those called the Fetch, and now there's an app in Google Play so more devices can get in on the fun.

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The Fetch is a keychain device that can be activated to make your phone ring with the press of a button. If you get too far away from the phone, your Fetch automatically alerts you so you can go back and grab the device. It's not a new idea, but the Fetch does look pretty nice. The app, well not so much. It has some kind of gross buttons and looks very basic.

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The upside is that it's compatible with a fair number of non-HTC phones – you just need Bluetooth 4.0. If you want to give it a shot, the Fetch itself costs $29.99 from HTC or a bit less from Amazon.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • Ian Fay

    STOP TRYING TO MAKE FETCH HAPPEN, HTC!

    • Blake S

      This wins my Internet for today.

  • Android Developer

    Actually this is a nice idea.
    It could be activated when someone is stealing the device, or when you accidentally forgot it somewhere.
    Which other accessories are available for other devices?
    Also, is it rechargeable ?

    • MistiXF

      Nope. One time use only, then you need to buy a new one(!)

      • Android Developer

        Let me rephrase it to a better question:
        Is it rechargable via micro USB, and how long can it be "on" ?
        :)
        or maybe you are not kidding? I can't see anything related to recharging it , and I can't see any way to connect cable to it

        EDIT: you probably wasn't kidding:
        http://www.clove.co.uk/htc-fetch-bl-a100-navigation-tag
        it seems it has a replaceable battery, which doesn't recharge. and it lasts for about half a year.

  • Bogdan

    I've just ordered the device and I`m not quite happy to discover the following aspect: while the device starts to beep indeed when the phone is out of range, nothing happens if I just turn off the phone. Supposing someone is trying to steal the phone, obviously the first thing he`ll try to do is to turn off the phone. Considering the locking pattern will not prevent this action, it seems like the fetch is kind o useless in this scenario.

  • Vince

    it works great, its not a theft prevention, just lets you know if you forget your phone or whatever its attatched to. also can be used as a remote shutter button for you camera.