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Sprint Tries to Make Roads Safer with 'Drive First'

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Mar 22, 2011, 10:05 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Sprint today announced Sprint Drive First, a new service for Android devices arriving later this year that will render some phone features unusable while in a moving car. Sprint Drive First, which will cost $2 per device, can be set up to: lock the driver's cell phone screen and redirect calls to voice mail and block text-message alerts and auto-respond to the message sender that the driver is currently unavailable. It also can allow access to three defined contacts and three defined mobile apps, such as GPS navigation. The service also has the corresponding web tools necessary to set up and use the service on devices registered to their account. Sprint Drive First is mean to provide parents or businesses with a measure of peace knowing that mobile devices can't be used by their children or employees when they are driving.

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Mar 22, 2011, 12:16 PM

What I don't quite understand is...

How is "driving detected" vs being a passenger?
maybe mathematics between towers...triangulations and everything...im stupid so i dont know how that works lol...just saw it in csi XD

Mar 22, 2011, 11:18 AM

hey sprint, not everbody are stupid!

if i cant want to answer phone while driving, how after just turn phone to silent, or just turn the phone off while driving! no 2$ monthly requires!
your grammer in the title says it all (plural verb with a singular noun...lol)
Correct, not everyone is stupid..just you based on the grammar in that post smh.
I don't think that this app is for personal use as much as it is meant for parents and employers... like the article says. 😕
The service isn't for you to use personally on your phone; it's for parents to use on their kids' phones and companies to use on their employees' phones. That way, you can enforce these restrictions while the phone is moving.

Mar 22, 2011, 12:11 PM

Some phones can do this for free

There are free and/or cheap ($2-4 ONCE) android apps to do this sort of thing.

It sounds like Sprint is offering remote access (I guess prohibiting user changes?), which might justify a recurring fee for a maintained system. Otherwise, $24 per year is a ridiculous fee for something others offer for almost nothing.

Mar 22, 2011, 10:13 AM


What's the point of making people pay for it? That seems like a great service to offer for free and get in good with people
I would have to imagine the costs to build that and make it customizable are huge
Why do I have to pay for my rent, car payment, insurance, cell phone bill and gas. It should all just be free. A company has to make money too. If you do not want to pay for it. Don't use your phone while driving. That is my APP.
The webtools most likely. There are apps you can download that do the samething, but they can be turned off the second the teen/employee leave your sight.
Because Sprint is not a charity and nothing in life is free, if you don't want it don't get it simple as that.
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