SureMote isn't the first option we've had to turn our phones into remotes. There's a whole competitive market developing for this stuff. Most older options required a hardware component, though some newer apps are like SureMote and work with the phone's hardware. There's AnyMote, a product that uses the IR blaster too (but it's $7, not free). Peel is a particularly slick phone remote and social viewing app, though it sticks to home entertainment and isn't aspiring to be universal. And LG made its own remote app. The big thing about SureMote is that it's the extremely appealing price of free. Plus, it has a simple interface.
Of course, if you download it, you may want to put your remotes in a box rather than the garbage... after all, if you lose your phone, it'll be impossible to avoid those Geico commercials without getting off the couch and manually changing the channel away from that abominable lizard. [TechCrunch]
source: gizmodo.com by Kate Knibbs