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Disney Unveils MVNO For Concerned Parents

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Apr 5, 2006, 3:21 PM   by (staff)

Disney today finally unveiled the details of Disney Mobile, its MVNO running on Sprint's network. AImed at tween and young teenage children (and their parents), Disney will offer customized handsets a simplified interface and menus with kid-friendly themes and content. This will include access to several online communities for Disney kids including interaction with Disney radio and online games. Disney will offer family plans which parents can manage from their handsets, or individual plans which parents can manage from a web interface. Parents can manage what time and with whom their kids can talk on the phone, as well as budget SMS, MMS and content downloads. Disney will launch the service online and in mall kiosks in June with a customized Pantech 215 that will sell for $60 with a 2 year contract. An LG with a 1.3 MP camera will be released later in the year for $110 with a 2 year contract.

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LGCIN2D

May 6, 2006, 7:57 AM

You (or others) locate your kids phone...

The service offered, allows parents to locate there children's phone via the GPS chip found in any (modern) CDMA phone. Password protected.

Working with networks, anyone should know there is No truly secure network, any password, or firewall, can be passed a lot of them have a "back-door" for tech repair, but this is not the only alternate access.

My point being there is always a possible short fall. This could be more of a problem than they are leading on.
RShACkSUX

Apr 5, 2006, 10:58 PM

This is nice and all but....

Having all these controls and features and stuff is great and all, but what parent is going to want to be carrying a Disney Mobile phone themselves if theyre going for family plans. The benefit to the children will be outweighed by the fact that parents wouldnt want to actually carry that stuff themselves..and thus, failure.
Well the parent has their handset. They are not changing their own...
caseydoggy

Apr 5, 2006, 4:18 PM

Out with the firefly, in with Disney Mobile!

I think this is a great idea! I used to work in a mall kiosk, and part of the reason why the Cricket is so popular, is because parents want to make sure that their kids won't put them into bankruptcy. Go Disney! I think that this should go a long way! Very Happy
I'm sorry, but I don't see this replacing the Firefly, especially with the CDMA Firefly launching soon. Too much crap...and not enough security in my opinion. My opinion may change on this one, but I doubt it.
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barryefau

Apr 6, 2006, 12:17 PM

Does Sprint let anyone use their network??

GOOD GOD!! It's like every new MVNO uses Sprints network.. no wonder Y their service is Sh**
barryefau said:
GOOD GOD!! It's like every new MVNO uses Sprints network.. no wonder Y their service is Sh**


Oh, that's bloody brilliant, Barry. Sprint's allowing other companies to use their network because they ha...
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barryefau said:
GOOD GOD!! It's like every new MVNO uses Sprints network.. no wonder Y their service is Sh**


I'm thinking about starting my own MVNO. The only phones available will be the Migo and the Firefly.. I'll...
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caseydoggy

Apr 6, 2006, 7:45 PM

Before you make judgements, read this...

http://www.rcrnews.com/news.cms?newsId=26071 »

Clarifies a lot.

This is their official release at CTIA, as told by a different wireless news source. Much more in depth than phonescoop goes.
sowhatsowhat10

Apr 5, 2006, 4:26 PM

ALL THIS FOR KIDS??????

Confused i'm lost. i'm think ok my 5 year old cousin will dig this. then BOOM 2 YEAR CONTRACTS Shocked , 1.3 mp cam phones Shocked , same features as most phones but with parent controlling capabilities Rolling Eyes . what the heck i can see 9 kids a day rolling up on me pissed because their mom only lets them send 1 text a day. or the mom complaining that she mistakingly set the limit too high and the bill is through the roof and she wants credit now.
 
 
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