T-Mobile Adds FamilyWhere Check-In Service, Keep Tabs On The Family

T-Mobile has added a new family locator service to its suite of carrier-specific Android apps this morning. T-Mobile Android owners will now find FamilyWhere, powered by Location Labs’ Safely software, in the Android market on their smartphones. With FamilyWhere, family members will be able to find each other from their phone or browser, even if the other family phones aren’t equipped with a GPS radio.

T-Mobile’s press release says in 2011, more than 16 million U.S. subscribers used a location-based “check-in” service on their smartphones. Based on this growing demand, T-Mobile is happy to offer a free check-in service that gives “its customers additional peace of mind knowing where their loved ones are.”

“The expansion of our FamilyWhere suite of services is just another way we’re demonstrating our ongoing commitment to providing amazing, affordable services to consumers across carriers,” said Torrie Dorrell, vice president of Applications, Content and Games for T-Mobile USA. “We’re proud to offer the check-in feature to consumers with no additional fee or subscription required to share location with friends and family, regardless of network.”

FamilyWhere Locate Check-In is a richer service that provides a real-time view of family devices and better tracking abilities costing $9.99 a month. FamilyWhere Check-in is a free download from the Android market.

 

Press Release:

T-Mobile USA, Inc. introduces FamilyWhere® Check In, a free feature of the popular FamilyWhere service for families, powered by Safely, a division of Location Labs.1 The FamilyWhere Check In service is only available to T-Mobile customers and can be downloaded from the Android Market. The new service joins T-Mobile’s bonus apps and services program, which allows customers to get more and do more with their data plans running on America’s Largest 4G Network™.

In 2011, more than 16 million U.S. mobile subscribers used location-based “check-in” services on their phones.2 With this growing demand, T-Mobile is proud to offer a free check-in service that gives its customers additional peace of mind knowing where their loved ones are. With just one click, the service enables kids to quickly and easily send an SMS with their location to family and friends. As an SMS with a link to a map, the check-in may be viewed from any Web browser-enabled device on any network.

“The expansion of our FamilyWhere suite of services is just another way we’re demonstrating our ongoing commitment to providing amazing, affordable services to consumers across carriers,” said Torrie Dorrell, vice president of Applications, Content and Games for T-Mobile USA. “We’re proud to offer the check-in feature to consumers with no additional fee or subscription required to share location with friends and family, regardless of network.”

Exclusive to T-Mobile, FamilyWhere Check In expands the functionality of FamilyWhere, a location-based suite of services that helps customers keep track of the most important people in their lives. Upgrading will give families with active kids greater peace of mind with the following features:

  • On-demand location. Easily locate all devices on your account any time they are connected to T-Mobile’s network.
  • Broad device support. Even locates devices without GPS and without installing any additional software.
  • Automatic alerts. Schedule SMS or email alerts whenever family members aren’t where they’re supposed to be.
  • View locations from anywhere. From the convenience of your Android device or from any Web browser, you can verify your family’s whereabouts.

An upgrade to FamilyWhere Locate is $9.99 (U.S.) per month and can support up to 10 devices per account. For more information about FamilyWhere and other family service options, visit http://family.t-mobile.com/safety-and-security or find the application in Android Market.

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  • http://twitter.com/dhlee528 Dong Hwi Lee

    $10 per month? why not just use google latitude or something.

  • BiGMERF

    no thanks. to much

  • Anonymous

    Just use Google Latitude for free.

    • J-Hop2o6

      Or Lookout’s ‘Missing Device’. But u have to install on the phone, then make an account online with the phone number of the phone. But Life360 looks nice to use, $5/mo., and does the same exact thing as Tmo’s FamilyWhere.

  • duh

    maybe because gps is needed with latitude

    • http://www.dolphinfree.net Tenkely

      GPS is not needed with Latitude. You’ll get a better location with it but, it’s not necessary.

  • Anand

    Latitude requires users have a smart phone for automatic location tracking or having to visit a URL manually to update their location.  FamilyWhere uses the mobile network to provide the device’s location rather than rely on the phone to provide it, so it works on any model of phone and without requiring any software or even a data plan on the target phone.

    Latitude also doesn’t do SMS/email alerts. 

  • X2fly0324

    or Life360

  • tkaz

    this isnt new….its been out for a while now.  not worth the fee..

    • Anonymous

      I was just going to say this.  This has been avilible for a long time now.

  • jj

    There’s 2 points  to this announcement:
    1. FamilyWhere isn’t new but FamilyWhere Check In is new.  This is a free check-in service that can be shared with anyone (no software needed to view) on any network.
    2. With FamilyWhere paid service, you can locate almost any phone – no gps, no additional software.  The phone being located doesn’t need GPS and it can be a simple feature phone – obviously lots of kids are carrying around non-smartphones.  Additionally, you don’t need to install any software on the phone being located whereas with latitude you do.

  • Enoel69

    WHAT IF U DON”T WANT TO BE TRACKED BY UR FAMILY OR FRIENDS USING THIS APP??? Is there a way to opt out of this service..ur spouse of Gf can easily find out where u are if u don’t want them to.

    • Anand

      You can only locate phones using this app that are under the same account.

      • Enoel69

        If u have the same account..is there a way to block ur device from being located by this app? I think that option should be made available..if not available already.

        • Phozfate

          you should only be able to block it if you are the main line on the account. Really if you have kids on your account and want to keep tabs on them they shouldn’t be able to block it.

    • Phozfate

      if you have to hide from your spouse you should make them get their own account.

      • Anonymous

        If you have to hide from your spouse maybe you shouldn’t be married to them.

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    interesting APP

  • Asd

    yes deposit are required

  • Anonymous

    Are you guys sure we can bump up the data to 5g then after we get our rebate push it back down to 2gb?

  • Rstepfanie

    what if you don’t want your kids to see that you know their location. Don’t they receive an instant text message that they currently under familywhere

  • Charlenerod20

    how do i go by seeing where my family is located

  • Dfirrballwow

    that’s funny!!! lol GREAT ANSWER I’M STILL LAUGHING.