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Jan 3, 2006, 12:43 PM

Location, location, location

I seriously thought about getting a GSM one of these from Target for my 6 year old. From what I could tell I could stick in a family plan SIM card and have her linked up for $7 a month on T-Mobile (apparently the Firefly isn't SIM locked). But I decided to give it a miss because actually what I really want is a way to find out the location of the phone. Not just so that I could find my kid (I'd clip it to her belt) but also so I could find the phone itself if she lost it. That would definitely happen to her at least once.
I'd be willing to pay a $1 extra a month to have that feature - okay carriers - GO!
Your best bet would be with a CDMA carrier. CDMA uses aGPS. GSM uses cell-site based stuff. Not as accurate, although GSM can support aGPS. Don't think anyone in the US does it, though. So Sprint, VZW, or Alltel, sometime this year. And I wouldn...
Here are website for the phone you are looking for;

http://www.hop-on.com/kidsphone.html »

http://blogs.pcworld.com/staffblog/archives/000569.html »

Close but not quite yet.

Jan 2, 2006, 4:55 PM


I love how these phones that have no features what so ever, and only allow for limited dialing are costing $$$. People looking for phones for their kids are not looking for a phone that costs anything, they want cheap.
yeah, that phone is so cheap it should only cost carriers $20 but they over-price it for it's niche.
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