Parents worried about their kids can find solace in T-Mobile's newest technologies.
The mobile service carrier has teamed up with Location Labs, a mobile location-as-a-service developer, to create T-Mobile FamilyWhere and DriveSmart Plus. T-Mobile says FamilyWhere will allow parents to access location information for their child or other family members from a computer or mobile phone. DriveSmart Plus will allow parents to block their children from texting while driving.
We're excited to launch T-Mobile FamilyWhere, powered by Location Labs, said Torrie Dorrell, vice president of applications, content and games, T-Mobile USA, in a statement. As we continue to enhance our customers' lives with faster, richer connections, T-Mobile will take every smart opportunity to provide value-added services that help families stay in touch and stay safe. FamilyWhere is the latest T-Mobile service that gives families peace of mind.
FamilyWhere will offer real time alerts to parents via web, text message or e-mail. Additionally, it will have a scheduled alerts feature, which would allow parents to set curfews. It also has an emergency info section, where parents can provide vital information regarding their kids in case of an emergency in a flash.
More than ever, family safety is top of mind for parents, Tasso Roumeliotis, chief executive Location Labs, said in a statement. We are proud to launch the T-Mobile FamilyWhere service, bringing peace of mind to the millions of families on the T-Mobile network. We continue to invest heavily in building solutions that improve communication among families and are on an aggressive path to expand our suite of products and services again in the near future.
T-Mobile is not the first major American mobile carrier to provide the family locator service; in fact it's the last. Sprint and Verizon have Family Locator services, while AT&T has family map. All of them provide essentially the same thing as T-Mobile's plan. All of their services have a monthly fee, T-Mobile has not indicated whether or not it will be charging people for FamilyWhere.
Safety was behind the launch of the other Location Labs based technology from T-Mobile; the DriveSmart Plus app. This subscription-based, opt-in service detects when a handset user is driving and sets the phone into a 'Driving Mode'. Once activated, 'Driving Mode' disables most texting and calling features to the handset while the car is in motion.
We are thrilled to launch DriveSmart Plus on T-Mobile with our patent-pending drive-detection technology to help address the national crisis of distracted driving, Roumeliotis said.