Verizon Chaperone Watches Kids
Jun 12, 2006, 10:36 AM by (staff)
Verizon today announced the long expected location services for the Migo kids phone. Child Locator allows parents to get the current location of their child's Migo by logging into a website. Once at the Chaperone website, parents can also program the numbers in the Migo and manage other functions. Parents can also download an application to their Verizon phone to get the child's location while on the go. A second set of GPS services called Child Zone allows parents to use the web interface to set up areas where the child is allowed to be - either at specific times or all day. Whenever the child's Migo enters or leaves the zone, a text message is sent to the parent's phone. Parents can only register a Migo on the same family account to protect against possible misuse or abuse of the system. Child Locator costs $9.99 per month and Child Zone (which includes the Locator service as well) is $19.99. Verizon does not limit the number of location requests. Not all handsets are compatible with the mobile location application.
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Good and bad
My inner Orwell alarm is going off though... At what point does Big Brother starting pinging us, figuring out where we are, or have they already?