May 8, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
Sprint announced today that it would soon deliver two bundled services designed to increase the safety of family members and protect the devices that they own.
The Sprint Guardian service will combine the features of Safely and Lookout, giving subscribers the option to purchase premium versions of both apps or sign-up only for one. Guardian will allow Sprint customers to protect up to five lines with a variety of services ranging from tracking lost phones to locking phones when driving.
“Sprint is pleased to be the first in the industry to unify innovative safety and security applications from Safely and Lookout in two simple bundles at a great value for our customers,” said Fared Adib, vice president-Product Development, Sprint.
Set to debut later this summer, Sprint Guardian will cost $14.98 per month if parents want the full feature set. They can also choose to pay just $9.99 per month for Safely, $4.99 per month for Lookout Family, or $49.99 per year for Lookout Family.
Safely will offer Mobile Controls, Drive First, and Family Locator, for $9.99 per month to service up to five Sprint lines. This bundle will allow parents to:
- Lock a child’s phone when the device detects it travels more than 10 mph
- See an interactive map of family members’ locations and get notified when they reach a destination
- See stats on a child’s talk, text, and app usage (if they are texting during school hours, for instance)
- Lock a child’s phone at a scheduled time
- Monitor contacts and apps downloaded
Lookout Family combines Lookout’s features and links them together on up to five lines. The standard Lookout features like phishing scams and malware are present, but families will probably get more use out of the Management and Missing Device features. Contacts, call history, and photos can be backed up automatically to a mylookout.com account. And when a family member loses his or her phone, you can locate their missing device on a map, sound an alarm, or remotely wipe it.