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Sprint Tracks Kids Via GPS Cell Phones
Dubbed "Family Locator Service," the $9.95-per-month service relies on Global Positioning System technology to pinpoint up to four cell phones, then maps their location on a PC or a parent's own cell phone.
April 13, 2006
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Sprint Nextel Corp. on Thursday launched a new service that locates children through their cell phones, the first U.S. mobile carrier to offer tracking using standard hardware.
Dubbed "Family Locator Service," the $9.95 per month service relies on GPS (Global Positioning System) technology to pinpoint up to four cell phones, and then maps their locations on a PC or a parent's own cell phone.
Privacy safeguards, said Sprint, include parent-child permission to track phones, and text messages that are sent to the child's phone whenever the parent requests his or her location. Parents can also authorize others, such as a sitter, nanny, or other relative, to access a phone's location.
"We encourage parents and guardians to maintain open and frequent communication with their children," said Nancy McBride, the national safety director for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, in an accompanying statement.
The service also lets parents set up e-mail alerts which notify them when a child and his or her phone reaches a certain destination at a specified time. A parent away from home could set up an alert, for instance, that would ping when a child arrives home by a certain time.
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