Sprint opens its popular GPS-enabled child-locating service to more families; more than 100 Sprint phone models are locatable by the service
OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Feb 07, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Sprint (NYSE:S) today announced access to its popular Sprint Family Locator service is available on all Web-enabled Sprint phones, an industry first. Parents on the go now can use any Web-enabled Sprint phone to locate their loved ones with Sprint Family Locator. In addition, more than 100 Sprint phones can be located by the service, including all currently available Sprint phones.
"Sprint has always been proud to offer Sprint Family Locator on a wider range of phones than similar services from competitors, and now we’ve expanded it even further so customers have more choice for themselves and their children," said Kevin Packingham, vice president of wireless data for Sprint. "By offering the most open wireless family locator service with the fewest device and plan limitations, we’re allowing more families to take advantage of this valuable tool. Our customers are telling us that this is a life-saving service that can be used not only for children, but also for elderly relatives, or even just to find a lost phone."
Launched in April 2006, Sprint Family Locator is the industry’s first family location service that enables families on the go to locate one another using GPS technology. Parents can login on their phone or a PC to locate a child on an interactive map, even when the child is using their phone to make a call or send a text. The service also gives the address, surrounding landmarks and accuracy of the child’s location within a specified radius, along with the ability to click to call or send a text to the child directly from the service.
Additionally, the service enables a parent to set Safety Checks(SM) at certain landmarks such as a school, home, or relative’s house, at specified times. The parent is automatically notified whether the loved one is near the specified landmark at the set time, providing "hands-off" peace of mind.
Sprint Family Locator is available for $9.99 per month. Unlimited location requests for up to four phones and access to the service from a PC and any Web-enabled Sprint phone are included in the monthly charge. For more information or to sign up for and purchase service, customers can visit www.sprint.com/familylocator.
To access Sprint Family Locator on any Web-enabled Sprint phone, customers should go to the Menu on their phone, click on the Web icon and type http://SFL.sprint.com/m in the address bar. Existing customers can then enter their login information. Casual data charges apply to customers without a Sprint data plan.
Sprint Family Locator is just one of a variety of tools offered by Sprint to help parents manage their children’s phone usage and view safety information. Sprint is committed to continually enhancing and expanding these tools to meet family needs.
Sprint has the longest history of providing location-based services in the wireless industry, beginning with the first location and mobility services in 2000; the first GPS-enabled phone to support E911 services in 2001; the first navigation service on wireless phones with turn-by-turn driving directions in 2003; and the first family location service in 2006. Sprint received the Frost & Sullivan Mobility Award for Location-based Services Company of the Year in 2005, 2006 and 2007. Sprint offers more than 20 consumer GPS applications, including Sprint Navigation, Sprint Family Locator, local search, real estate, shopping and fitness services.
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