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T-Mobile Intros Text-Blocking and Family Locator Tools

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Jan 19, 2011, 11:45 AM   by Eric M. Zeman
updated Jan 19, 2011, 12:03 PM

T-Mobile today introduced the expanded availability of two separate services from Location Labs. The first is an application called DriveSmart, which can be used to prevent users from sending text messages or making voice calls when the phone is in driving mode. The application sends incoming calls straight to voicemail and will send automatic responses to incoming text messages indicating that the person is driving and will respond later. The service is opt-in and requires a monthly fee. The phone must be manually switched to driving mode, however. It doesn't happen automatically when the phone starts to move at car-like speeds. The other application being offered by T-Mobile mirrors the family locator services already offered by AT&T, Sprint and Verizon Wireless. T-Mobile FamilyWhere lets account holders track the whereabouts of all the handsets related to the account. FamilyWhere can be programmed to deliver real-time alerts, set curfews, and geographical limits for all handsets on the account. FamilyWhere also requires a monthly fee. The software is compatible with Android handsets to start.

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Jan 19, 2011, 6:00 PM

Charging for this service?

What carrier do you know that doesn't? I'm pretty sure they all charge for their comparable services. Remember the "Text Blocking" isn't blocking all incoming texts. It is only for blocking texts while the operator is in a car (which would suck for pa...
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