Sprint

As concerns rise surrounding mobile security, Sprint has now taken some steps to offer their customers some of the best preventative solutions available on the market. Announced today during CTIA in New Orleans, Sprint has teamed up with Safely and Lookout to provide a suite of mobile security applications called Sprint Guardian.

  • Sprint Mobile Controls – Clearly understand your child’s talk, text and app use habits. Lock your child’s phone on demand or schedule locks – during dinner, school or late at night. Browse your child’s contacts and apps downloaded to the phone.
  • Sprint Drive First – Automatically locks your teenagers’ mobile phones when they’re traveling more than 10 mph and unlocks when they stop driving. Direct incoming calls to voicemail and silence distracting alerts while driving.
  • Sprint Family Locator – Quickly and easily locate your family members on an interactive map. Set up automatic location checks to get notified that your kids made it to school safely and on time.

The Family Safety bundle will be available for $9.99 per month for up to five lines on the same account while Lookout Family, will be available for $4.99 per month, or up to $49.99 per year, for up to five lines on the same account. The full press release can be found below for your reading pleasure.

Source: Sprint

Sprint Announces Sprint Guardian – An Industry First Bringing Together Mobile Security and Safety Applications

Sprint Guardian is a simple way individuals and families can protect their children and wireless devices with applications from Safely and Lookout

NEW ORLEANS (BUSINESS WIRE), May 08, 2012 - In a poll of wireless customers, 82 percent of users do not have safety or security applications installed on their device, and most are unaware of solutions that can better protect them and their family.1 Sprint (NYSE) announced today the upcoming release of Sprint Guardian, a collection of mobile family safety and device security bundles that provide families relevant tools to help stay safe and secure.

Sprint Guardian features leading mobile applications from Safely and Lookout. The family safety bundle from Safely enables families to protect their phone-carrying children through location checks and limits on texting while driving or at school for $9.99 per month, for up to five lines on an account. With the device security bundle from Lookout, customers also can protect their mobile devices from loss and malware for one single charge of $4.99 per month for up to five lines on an account. Sprint customers also have the option to purchase both bundles for a single monthly fee of just $14.98. For a family of five, that offers a 73 percent savings – more than $39 per month - over purchasing each application in the family safety and device security bundles separately. Sprint Guardian will be available this summer on many Sprint Android™-powered devices through Sprint Zone. Customers can find Sprint Zone as an icon on their device.2

“With Sprint Guardian, we’re helping to make it easy for individuals and families to manage how their children are using their mobile phone and giving them the tools they need to protect their wireless devices from theft, loss and malware,” said Fared Adib, vice president-Product Development, Sprint. “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.”

Inside Sprint Guardian: Safely and Lookout

The family safety tools from Safely bring together three applications to help parents keep their kids safe and focused on what matters whether they are at home, at school or on-the-go.

  • Sprint Mobile Controls – Clearly understand your child’s talk, text and app use habits. Lock your child’s phone on demand or schedule locks – during dinner, school or late at night. Browse your child’s contacts and apps downloaded to the phone.
  • Sprint Drive First – Automatically locks your teenagers’ mobile phones when they’re traveling more than 10 mph and unlocks when they stop driving. Direct incoming calls to voicemail and silence distracting alerts while driving.
  • Sprint Family Locator – Quickly and easily locate your family members on an interactive map. Set up automatic location checks to get notified that your kids made it to school safely and on time.

The Family Safety bundle will be available for $9.99 per month for up to five lines on the same account.

“We are excited to be part of the Sprint Guardian service for families,” said Tasso Roumeliotis, CEO of Location Labs, the makers of Safely products. “Parents are concerned about children’s phone use, and Sprint’s solution, using Safely management tools, makes it even easier for families to have peace of mind about their children’s mobile experience.”

Lookout Family, a new product available to Sprint customers, enables people to manage their phone security by protecting against identity theft and fraud, to find a family member’s missing device when it is lost or stolen, and to back up their precious data. Lookout Family includes:

  • Security – Protect your family’s smartphones from evolving mobile threats including malware, spyware, phishing and malicious websites.
  • Missing Device – Find a family member’s lost phone on a map, sound an alarm, and lock or wipe your device to protect personal information.
  • Management – Easily protect and manage your family’s mobile devices at mylookout.com, including backing up photos, contacts and call history.

Lookout Family will be available for $4.99 per month, or up to $49.99 per year, for up to five lines on the same account.

“Sprint is a leader in wireless communications, and we are excited to work together to bring mobile security to families through Sprint Guardian,” said John Hering, CEO of Lookout. “Families want mobile security to be easy, and Sprint Guardian leverages Lookout to deliver a simple solution to safeguarding smartphones.”

Sprint’s Mobile Security and Safety Leadership

Sprint is a leader in mobile security and safety, and Sprint Guardian is just the latest in a series of valuable services Sprint offers to help consumer and enterprise customers manage and protect their devices. For business customers, Sprint announced on May 3 the expansion of the Sprint Professional Mobility Services portfolio, a suite of managed and professional solutions designed to help businesses simplify management and security across an increasingly complex mix of devices in the workplace. On an industry-wide level, Sprint launched the Mobile Security Council in 2011 to bring together key players in the mobile ecosystem to address protection, safety and security needs important to consumers and businesses. Charter members of the council are Lookout, Cisco, IBM, Juniper Networks, Motorola Mobility along with its subsidiary 3LM, and Samsung.

About Sprint Nextel

Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 56 million customers at the end of the first quarter of 2012 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; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 3 in its 2011 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

About Lookout, Inc

Lookout is a mobile security company dedicated to making the mobile experience safe for everyone. The Lookout app delivers award-winning protection from the growing threats facing mobile users today, including malware, phishing, privacy violations, data loss, and loss of the phone itself. Cross-platform, Lookout is designed from the ground up to provide advanced mobile protection while remaining lightweight and efficient on the phone. With 15 million users across 400 mobile networks in 170 countries, Lookout is the world leader in smartphone security. With Headquarters in San Francisco, Lookout is funded by Accel Partners, Andreessen Horowitz, Index Ventures, Khosla Ventures and Trilogy Equity Partners. For more information and to download the application, please visit www.mylookout.com.

About Safely and Location Labs

Established in 2011, Safely is the consumer division of Location Labs and provides services that enhance the personal safety and security of millions of families. Nearly a dozen Tier 1 wireless carrier services are powered by Safely, helping family members to protect and keep tabs on each other through mobile alerts and online activity reports.

Safely digital parenting technologies include: Safely Family Locator, a mobile location service available as AT&T FamilyMap, Sprint Family Locator and T-Mobile FamilyWhere; Drive Safe, the only carrier-grade, patent-pending safe-driving service on the market, available as Sprint DriveFirst and T-Mobile DriveSmart Plus; Safely Phone Controls, the most advanced consumer mobile device management service, available as Sprint Mobile Controls; and Safely Social Monitor, an online service that helps parents stay informed about kids’ social network activities.

Location Labs has raised $26 million in venture financing from Draper Fisher Jurvetson, BlueRun Ventures (formerly Nokia Venture Partners), QUALCOMM Ventures, Intel Capital, and Mitsui Ventures and was named to Inc.’s 500/5000 list of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies in both 2010 and 2011. For more information: http://www.Safely.com and http://www.LocationLabs.com.

1According to the NPD Group, Inc. July 2011 "Emerging Technology Trends: Mobile Security" report
2The Sprint Zone application currently is not available on the Nexus S 4G or Samsung Moment devices.

 
There are 11 comments

DougB541#CB says:

This is actually pretty cool.

9.99 per month for a couple apps? This seems ridiculous. It's not even using Sprint's services other than normal network and GPS data. I'm sure you can find apps like this on the Play Store and not have to pay a monthly fee. Carriers are so money hungry.

BigDinCA says:

I use the Family Locator and it's $5 a month well spent. I don't think I can get that for free on the Play Store. And quite frankly, I don't mind paying for an app or a service if it's useful to me. I would consider the extras here for the other $5 a month once my kids are driving age.

dorelse says:

Ok, as a parent of 2 teenagers, I can honestly say this appears to be a nice effort by Sprint to give us greater incite into their online lives.

Also, as a parent, I'd argue that proper parenting should render the need for something like this, unnecessary. However, I applaud Sprint for giving us the option!

I plan on taking the 30 day free trial and trying it on myself before I would lock the kids down. The no texting while driving block is a nice idea.

(I don't like some of the statistics quoted in their advertising..."63% of kids text during school"...of course they do, the teachers allow them to use their phones during free time...so that's a little misleading.)

I'm mostly interested in the 'Drive First' App...the others I'm already using Cerebus for...and I'm not planning on switching off of that one.

captain_dl says:

I wish other carriers would jump on this bandwagon. We had Kajeet when my son first got a cell phone that allowed us to do all the the above, but moved him to BoostMobile when we upgraded him to an Android phone. Being able to block night time calls and when on restriction is great (no matter what parenting style you use).

rayln says:

What's more misleading is that, statistically, adults are more likely than teenagers to call/txt while driving.

joebob2000 says:

Sadly (tragically) teens are still far far far FAR more likely to get distracted to the point of lethality (regardless of the distraction.) Call it what you will, this is a mechanism that has the potential to save a LOT of lives.

* Drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 are four times more likely to die in a crash than drivers between the ages of 25 and 69.
* Teen drivers are 10 times more likely to be involved in a crash during their first year of driving.

And the worst: Teen drivers with more than one teen passenger are twice as likely to be in an accident as a drunk driver.

gborks says:

This is great unless your the passenger!

crxssi says:

Typical that everything has to be a "service" nowadays. Can't just buy something, you have to pay over and over and over for it.

These are good ideas, but crazy pricing.

FletchBerry says:

These comments above are very helpful in making a choice as to validity of these Sprint Apps. Sounds to me like these apps are targeting the "Wal-Mart" crowd.

AZwldcats says:

Cerberus Does almost everything plus more with the exception of locking in motion. But the extra features make up for it. And it is less.