Sprint logoParents are always worrying about their kids and the kind of friends they mingle with, who they go out with, the sites they surf, the games they play, etc. While kids might see this as an invasion of privacy, parents on the other hand may very well welcome Sprint’s new security suite dubbed the Sprint Guardian. This is an effort bye Sprint, Safely and Lookout and will introduce three security features such as the Sprint Mobile Controls, Sprint Drive First and the Sprint Family Locator. 

If you’re wondering why some of these names sound familiar, it’s because they are security features that Sprint has launched in the past but are now packaging it all together as the Sprint Guardian. For those unfamiliar, Sprint has described these features as:

  • 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.

So how much will this security package set you back? Sprint will be charging subscribers $9.99 a month for up to five lines on the same account. Additionally the carrier has announced the Lookout family which are additional security features that protects smartphones and tablets from malware and malicious websites, but will also be able to locate missing phones, sound an alarm, wipe data remotely and backup their devices such as photos, contacts and call history. This additional set of security features will cost $4.99 a month. The Sprint Guardian will be available this Summer. [Press release]

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