Verizon, Cingular Pull Kid Phones
Apr 12, 2007, 1:17 PM by (staff)
Verizon and Cingular are each cutting back sales of kid-specific models. Cingular is pulling the Firefly from its stores and will only sell the limited-function handset on its website. Verizon has pulled the LG Migo from its lineup altogether, instead directing parents to the LG VX3450L, which looks and acts like basic cell phone but lacks access to Get It Now download services. Manufacturers have not announced any new limited-functionality handsets for kids to replace these models. Kid friendly MVNOs like Disney Mobile only offer traditionally styled phones to their young customers, indicating these kid-specific handsets may have been a short-lived trend.
LG To Target Parents with Phone for Kids
According to documents made public this week on the FCC's web site, LG is preparing an answer to the trend of mobile phones designed for increasingly young children. Following on the heels of the Firefly and the TicTalk from Enfora, LG is preparing a very similar device, tentatively called the VX-1000 .
Verizon Chaperone Watches Kids
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.
Google Overhauls YouTube Kids App for Mobile Devices
Google today pushed out a significant update to its YouTube Kids mobile application, giving both kids and their parents new features to enjoy. For example, kids can create their own profiles each with a customized appearance.
Android Messages with RCS to Reach More Phones On More Carriers
Google says its Android Messages app is on the upswing thanks to new RCS-based tools and growing support from phone makers and wireless network operators. To start, brands now have more power to interact with consumers thanks to RCS business messaging.
Google's Family Link App to Help Manage Kid Phones
Google today announced Family Link, an app and service parents can use to set up and monitor Android smartphones for their children. Parents can use the app to create Google accounts for kids younger than age 13, which is linked to the parent account.
Just give parents control over minutes, texts, and internet and I think everyone will be happy.
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It seems like those phones are there to stay compared to the "fad" that they once were here.
just following in sprints footsteps
man... sprint doesn't even need to follow suit... we've had a phone like that for months now.
What? I'm confused the article says they are pulling these phones. What you said was that verizon ...
T-Mob wins again!
They don't want crappy kid phones...they want what they see their brothers and sisters with.