Among teenagers, smartphones are a lifeline. According to Pew Internet
Research, 75 percent of 12- to 17-year-olds now own cell phones, up from
45 percent in 2004.1
To help parents ensure their
teens are using smartphones responsibly, Sprint (NYSE: S) announced
today the availability of Sprint
Guardian, a collection of mobile family safety and device
security bundles that provide families tools to help keep their
smartphones and their families — safe and secure. Sprint Guardian is
available on many Sprint Android-powered devices through Sprint Zone.
Customers can find Sprint Zone as an icon on their device.2
Sprint Guardian features leading mobile applications from Safely, a
division of Location Labs, 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. The
device security bundle from Lookout helps customers protect their mobile
devices from loss and malware.
With Sprint Guardian, Sprint is giving families and individuals tools
and information to better manage their wireless experience, said Fared
Adib, vice president-Product Development, Sprint. For example, parents
can set parameters for when and where their children can text; a Sprint
phone can be programmed to stop calls and text messages while driving;
and lost phones may be found more easily.
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, Sprint
Family Locator are available as a Family Safety bundle for $9.99
per month for up to five lines on the same account.
Lookout Family enables Sprint customers to manage their phone security
by protecting against identity theft and fraud, find a family members
missing device when it is lost or stolen, and back up their precious
data. Lookout Family bundle is $4.99 per month, or $49.99 per year, for
up to five lines on the same account.
In addition to simplicity and convenience for families, Sprint Guardian
offers significant cost savings.
Sprints 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
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
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. The American
Customer Satisfaction Index rated Sprint No. 1 among all national
carriers and most improved in customer satisfaction across all
industries during the last four years. Newsweek ranked Sprint No.
3 in its 2011 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nations greenest
companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn
more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com
1According to a 2010
Pew Internet Research study.
2The Sprint Zone application currently is not
available on the Nexus S 4G or Samsung Moment devices.