The solution is said to be compatible with most mobile phone models.
Thibaud Rerolle, technical director at Safaricom, said: “The mobile phone is a technology that forges strong emotional bonds with the user, and we fully understand how important contacts data is to our subscribers.
“That’s why we are putting secure and convenient cloud-based back-up services within easy reach, enabling them to safeguard and retrieve contacts at any time and from anywhere, no matter which type of phone they use.”
Safaricom customers will benefit by being protected against the disruption caused by phone theft, loss, damage or replacement as the solution will allow them to save all their phonebook contacts automatically in the mobile operator’s cloud-based storage service.
Eric Claudel, senior vice president for telecommunications at Gemalto Middle East & Africa, said “With the help of LinqUs Cloud Backup, Safaricom offers customers the opportunity to protect themselves against the consequences of losing a wealth of personal- and business-critical data, simply because a handset goes missing.”
Gemalto’s LinqUs Cloud Backup is already used by more than 140 million subscribers across the world. It has both SIM and handset phonebook backup systems.