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T-Mobile offering both free and paid family member tracking services

News by Dan Seifert on Tuesday January 31, 2012.

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T-Mobile today announced its new FamilyWhere Check-In service that lets family members provide location updates over SMS to others that are on their plan. It is joined by the FamilyWhere Locate premium service that offers richer GPS tracking features.

Other carriers like Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon Wireless also offer tracking services that parents can use to keep tabs on their kids. T-Mobile's FamilyWhere Check-In service is free (aside from the usual SMS fees), but it requires the user to actively share their location with others on the plan. It works by sending a link to a map of the user's location through an SMS message. The link can be viewed by any web capable phone or in a desktop computer's web browser.

Parents that wish to have more control and access to their children's whereabouts can upgrade to the FamilyWhere Locate service that provides on-demand viewing of the location of up to 10 different lines, even if those phones don't have GPS services. Parents can setup automatic location updates, and can view their children's location in an Android app or at my.t-mobile.com.

The T-Mobile FamilyWhere Android app and the Check-In service are free, while the FamilyWhere Locate service costs $9.99 per month with a 30-day free trial.

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