|[April 11, 2014]
Sprint WeGo Brings Connectivity to Children and Peace of Mind to Parents
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. --(Business Wire)--
Imagine an elementary school child waiting by the playground, watching
all of his friends go home, wondering when mom will be there to pick him
up. Then breathing a sigh of relief when he gets a text from mom that
says she's stuck in traffic and will be there soon. Twelve is the
average age when a child receives their first mobile device.1
But what about kids ages 5 to 12 who can benefit from the communication
and safety features a mobile device offers?
Sprint (News - Alert) (NYSE:S) today announced Sprint WeGo™, a value-friendly mobile
phone that allows parents to give their child the safety and
communication tools they need when they are away from home, while also
supplying the parental controls and tracking required to teach
responsibility and age-appropriate mobile phone use. The device has one
front button and two side volume keys that can be used for scrolling on
the LCD screen. A portal available online and via mobile application
allows parents to locate their child's device on a map, control device
features such as contacts, and set up notifications.
Sprint WeGo is available starting today at Sprint stores and preferred
dealers for existing customers who add a line to their
account. Customers have the option of Sprint Easy Pay, which allows
eligible customers to purchase the Sprint WeGo phone with $0 down and 24
monthly payments of $5. (Sales tax collected at time of purchase where
applicable.) Sprint WeGo Service is $9.99 per month (excluding taxes and
fees) and includes 1,000 minutes of talk and 1,000 text messages.2
"Sprint offers parents a wide variety of options to help keep their kids
safe - from Sprint
Mobile Controls and Sprint
Family Locator to Content
Filtering to the new Sprint WeGo," said David Owens, vice president
of Product, Sprint. "Sprint WeGo is the perfect starter phone to give
parents peace of mind while teaching kids responsibility - how to keep
track of a device, charge it and care for it - at a low price. This
device has all of the basics without anything younger children don't
need just yet."
Parents will appreciate the ability to limit their child's connections
with Sprint WeGo by programming the phone with allowed incoming and
outgoing phone numbers. One Button alling allows for up to 20 phone
numbers to be specified for outgoing and incoming phone calls. Parents
can also use this as a training tool - allowing the child to "earn" more
contacts such as friends as they show responsibility.
In addition, Sprint WeGo allows limited incoming and outgoing SMS
texting options. The phone can receive text messages from any of the
20 specified connections. The phone also offers 50 predetermined
outgoing text message options, including: yes, no, I'm at home, I'm at
school, I need a ride, Call me please, I don't feel well, I am with mom,
I need help, etc. Additional features include:
Parent Notifications: Parent can
choose to be notified via text, email or both, including low battery
(less than 15 percent), device powered down, SMS read receipt, panic
alarm pulled, speed alert, wake alert, and admin control site changes.
Web Portal access: Provides
parents comprehensive control to set contacts, phone settings, GPS
tracking and specific alerts to be sent to the parent/guardian either
by email or SMS notifications. A mobile application version of the
Sprint WeGo Portal is available via free download for Android (News - Alert) and iOS
On-demand location: Parents can
quickly and easily locate the child's Sprint WeGo phone on an
interactive map within the portal - from any PC or Android or iOS
Scheduled Find: Specify times to do
automatic safety checks to verify your child makes it to their
destination safely. Parents get text or email alerts if the
Scheduled Find shows the child's Sprint WeGo has reached home,
school or another destination, on schedule.
Follow Session: Allows parents to
follow their child by showing them the location of the Sprint WeGo
on the map within the portal, every two minutes for an hour at a
Speed Alert: Notifies parent
if the Sprint WeGo is in a vehicle that exceeds the set speed. This
can serve as an Abduction Alert - if child is in a speeding car and
shouldn't be in a car for instance.
Wake Alert: Phone (News - Alert) can detect
movement and notify parent when the child is not up by a certain set
time. For instance, parent can set date and time to be notified when
the device needs to provide accelerometer feedback. (e.g. child needs
to be moving by 7:30 a.m. If the phone does not move, the account
owner is notified via an SMS).
School Hour Silence: Silences
the phone during school, church or specified hours.
Panic Alarm: Child pulls tether
string on phone and a loud buzzer emits to alert that help is needed.
An SMS notification is sent to the parent with the child's location.
The parent can call the Sprint WeGo and check on the child.
9-1-1 quick dial: Press OK button
quickly two times from the home screen.
Durability: Shatterproof from a
drop distance of 12 feet; water resistant.
Personalization: Child can change
ringtones, backgrounds and cases.
Elderly needing assistance and individuals with a variety of
disabilities will appreciate Sprint WeGo for its one-button calling and
ease of use. In addition, it also features quick dial, a panic alarm,
wake alert, E911 and is TTY capable and rated for hearing aids.
For more information, visit www.sprint.com/wego.
Sprint (NYSE: S) offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline
communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers,
businesses and government users. Sprint served more than 55 million
customers at the end of 2013 and is widely recognized for developing,
engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first
wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States;
leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile (News - Alert) USA, Boost Mobile, and
Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk
capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The American
Customer Satisfaction Index rated Sprint as the most improved company in
customer satisfaction, across all 47 industries, during the last five
years. Sprint has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index
(DJSI) North America in 2011, 2012 and 2013. You can learn more and
visit Sprint at www.sprint.com
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2Additional voice minutes $.40/minute. Additional text
messages $.20/message (sent or received).
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