The Wherifone GPS Locator cell phone from Wherify is aiming to give regular old cell phones for children a run for their money by introducing GPS location of children with a GPS locator cell phone which has a GPS tracking device built right into the phone. And unlike the child tracking phone announced by Motorola recently, the Wherify Wherifone is already available.
And where the Tic Talk and Firefly cell phones for children are cutesy and aimed at kids, the Wherifone by Wherify is aimed straight at the parents, and that critical question in the back of every parent’s mind: what if your child went missing?
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Wherify’s Wherifone is built on the same technology as their earlier Wherify GPS Locator Watch for children. With the Wherifone, however, they add another dimension: the ability to receive and send cell phone calls, using five pre-programmable call buttons. This allows you to put a cell phone into your child’s hands which 1) allows you to track their location either online or over the telephone, and b) allows them to request emergency assistance, or to call only one of a handful of people, whom you have previously designated. The Wherifone also has one-way numeric paging built in.
While the locator watch and the locator phone were initially aimed at parents who wish to keep track of their children, the phone of course has other uses. Wherify points out that one may wish to utilize the Wherifone with at-risk senior citizens or with employees, and accordingly offers the Wherifone in more subdued colours along with the kid-friendly lilac and pink.
The service plan is provisioned by Wherify, and includes 20 to 80 “locates” per month, depending on what plan you choose. Presumably the cellular traffic is carried by one of the major cell carriers, although it is unclear from the Wherify site who that is.
For more information, or to order a Wherifone, see the Wherify Wireless web site.
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