Sprint maps sex offenders on cell phones



Sprint maps sex offenders on cell phones
US wireless operator Sprint today announced FamilyWatchdog Mobile, a service that enables Sprint customers to view maps of where registered sex offenders live and work from Sprint or Nextel capable phones.

Users can search the areas surrounding specific addresses such as their homes or children's schools and view offender photographs, descriptions and conviction details. They can also search individual names and view active AMBER alerts for abducted childs. Users can even sign up for free text alerts to be sent to their cell phone or email when registered sex offenders move near or away from any U.S. address the user enters.

“The free FamilyWatchdog mobile service makes it convenient and easy for Sprint customers to stay aware of sex offenders in the community” said Sprint. To access the service on a data-enabled Sprint phone, Sprint customers should go to the mobile Web on their phone, type "family" in the search box and select FamilyWatchdog. Standard data charges apply.

Sprint also announced today that its child tracking service, Sprint Family Locator, is now available for 100 phones for parents (locating) and 30 phones for children (located). For $9.99 per month in addition to their data subscription, parents can locate up to four family members.

Friday, August 10th 2007


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