November 17, 2010
Sprint Launches New Parental Controls and Offers Wireless and Internet Safety Information for Families
New family microsite on Sprint.com makes it easy for families to find best devices, best value with plans and to monitor and manage wireless usage
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), November 17, 2010 - Wireless phone use by children and teens continues to grow, and they’re not just making phone calls. Sending and receiving text messages, sending Picture Mail, playing games and checking Facebook® are just some of the activities they are doing with their wireless phones. To help parents keep up, Sprint (NYSE: S) introduced today a new family focused microsite on Sprint.com that makes it easier for parents to manage their children’s wireless usage, help keep them safe with new parental controls, avoid surprises on their monthly wireless bill and compare rates.
The new Sprint family focus microsite, www.sprint.com/family, offers a variety of “family friendly” services, including Sprint Family Locator and free tools that help parents manage their children’s phone usage, restrict access to the mobile Web and view safety information. The following services are available at no charge:
- Block texts and numbers
- Block digital media downloads
- Block Web access
- Block Picture Mail
- Block voice calls
- One Touch to set or release all controls
These restrictions can be set by logging into the parent’s My Sprint account online at www.sprint.com.
Additionally, families will find information on the best value Sprint has to offer related to devices, Sprint’s family rate plans, competitive comparisons, information on the best devices for children and parents, best applications and free parental tools to monitor and manage their accounts.
"With this new family microsite on Sprint.com, Sprint is giving parents tools and information to help better manage their families’ wireless experience and to supervise how their children are using their phone,” said David Owens, vice president of marketing for Sprint. “The site includes valuable information about Sprint Family Locator and Sprint’s Internet and wireless safety program, 4Net Safety. We are committed to continually enhancing and expanding these tools to better meet family needs.”
Sprint Family Locator
Sprint Family Locator is a location-based service that uses Sprint's state-of-the-art GPS technology to enable a parent to use a phone or PC to locate a child on a map. The service also gives the address, surrounding landmarks and accuracy of the child's location within a specified radius. Sprint Family Locator costs $5 per month to locate up to four phones.
Internet and Wireless Safety
Sprint is a leader in promoting education about Internet and wireless safety. Sprint launched the 4NetSafety program in partnership with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC), the National Education Association Health Information Network (NEA HIN) and Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA). 4NetSafety offers free tools from expert resources. These resources address perils that young people commonly encounter online and encourage positive dialogue about Internet safety. Please visit www.4netsafety.com for more information.
Sprint Family Plans
Sprint offers families a great value on devices and plans. Sprint Everything Data Share plans for families with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM give each family member an unlimited mobile experience with text, Web and calling to any mobile in America while on the Sprint network, plus exclusive data services, such as Sprint Football Live and NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile. Sprint Everything Data Share plans for families start at just $129.99 per month for two lines and additional lines are just $19.99 per month per line (excluding taxes and surcharges).
Customers can learn more about Sprint family friendly products, services and parental controls available by visiting www.sprint.com/family.
About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 48.8 million customers at the end of the third quarter of 2010 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, Common Cents Mobile and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 6 in its 2010 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.
Kristin Wallace, 678-358-1190