Sprint Family Locator
Sprint has launched a new service called Sprint Family Locator. The service allows parents to locate their child on a map through either an internet site or through their phone.
“Sprint Family Locator is a valuable tool that can help parents and guardians have a better sense of their children’s whereabouts when they’re apart,” said Danny Bowman, vice president of product marketing for Sprint. “This is the latest Sprint innovation that uses GPS technology to improve the way families connect, communicate and locate one another.”
Sprint Family Locator requires parents to list up to four phones they want to be able to locate. Registration requires activation on both the “parent” phones as well as the child phones. When a parent wants to find a child, the child can be located on a map along with a street address and surrounding landmarks.
One feature that I think is pretty cool about Sprint Family Locator is that the child is notified by text message whenever a parent is snooping on them. A geofence (actually the exact opposite of a geofence) can be setup to notify parents when a child arrives at a specified location. Reports can also be generated from the internet site.
Spring will charge $10 per month for the Sprint Family Locator and you can register up to four phones and dispatch 100 text messages to each child phone per month. The service to locate someone else is currently available on 17 phones while there are 30 GPS enabled phones which can be located through the Sprint Family Locator service.