Jitterbug Acquires MobiWatch Emergency Services Corp
Today Jitterbug announced that it will acquire MobiWatch for an undisclosed sum. MobiWatch has been developing Mobile Personal Emergency Response Services (M-PERS). Personal Emergency Response Services were previously only available from landlines. By incorporating MobiWatch's service directly into Jitterbug phones, it will allow Jitterbug customers to have easy access to trained emergency response personnel wherever they happen to be. Jitterbug said the service needs more refinement and expects to bring it to market in late 2010.
New Big-Screen Jitterbug Smart Made by Alcatel
GreatCall has released the Jitterbug Smart, a new smartphone made by Alcatel. It replaces the Jitterbug Touch3 by Samsung.
FCC Shines Light On Unannounced Flip Phone for Jitterbug
Documents on the FCC web site have revealed an unannounced flip phone for Jitterbug. The Jitterbug Flip, as it is referred to in FCC documents, was manufactured by Alcatel OneTouch and includes two screens and a rather basic set of features.
Facebook Brings Crisis and Emergency Tools Under One Roof
Facebook today announced Crisis Response, a single spot where users will be able to find information about a range of natural and man-made disasters, weather events, and more. Crisis Response houses existing Facebook tools such as Safety Check, Community Help, and Fundraisers.
AT&T's Latest GoPhone Runs On AA Batteries
AT&T today announced the SpareOne Emergency Phone, a simple handset meant purely to serve as a backup phone for critical situations. The SpareOne runs on AA batteries, rather than a rechargeable lithium-polymer power cell.
Facebook Adds Personal Fundraising Tool
Facebook today made it easier for people to raise money to cover a variety of unexpected costs. Facebook is starting with six types of fundraising categories to help cover education expenses, medical costs, pet medical costs, crisis relief from natural disasters, personal emergency relief from house fires or theft, and funeral and loss expenses, such as burials.