Verizon Wireless today announced a full lineup of handsets that are capable of being located through its Chaperone family locator service. Chaperone, which has previously been available only on the green LG Migo phone, gives families an added peace of mind while helping locate each other?s wireless phones. Chaperone family locator service is available today on the following Verizon Wireless handsets: the LG 3450L, perfect for pre-teens who want their own mobile phone, and the LG VX8300, LG Chocolate and the Motorola KRZR K1m, all perfect choices for a teenager or other family member who wants a phone that looks like it was designed for an adult.
Based on Global Positioning System (GPS) data, Chaperone is designed to supplement the parameters family members have already established with each other through two options, Chaperone Family Locator and Chaperone with Child ZoneSM. When it first became available in June of 2006, Chaperone with Child Zone marked the first time a wireless service allowed parents to establish predetermined areas in which a family member could travel with their phone where the parent would be automatically alerted about the location of the device when it entered or left the defined area. Features of these services include:
Chaperone Family Locator ? Once the family member is equipped with a Chaperone-capable phone and the service is activated on the account, parents can locate their family member?s phone from a PC via the Chaperone Web site (https://www.vzwchaperone.com). Optionally, parents can download the Chaperone Parent application from the Get It Now virtual store, at no charge, to conduct single location requests for their family member?s phone directly from the parent?s Verizon Wireless phone. The Chaperone Parent application is available for use on a growing number of Get It Now-enabled phones.
Chaperone with Child Zone ? Using the Chaperone Web site, a parent can construct an area called a Child Zone around the vicinity of locations that their family member frequents (such as schools, playgrounds or daycare centers). Different locations can be ?zoned? for one time, always on, or for up to 24 hours. When the family member arrives or leaves the predetermined area with their Chaperone-capable phone, the parent is alerted via TXT Message on their Verizon Wireless phone.
?Chaperone helps busy families stay connected throughout the day, while providing parents with a valuable tool for staying in contact with their children,? said Jim Straight, vice president of wireless Internet and multimedia services for Verizon Wireless. ?Now, with the service available on additional handsets designed for adults, it?s perfect for families that want to stay connected ? whether family members include pre-teens, teenagers or even seniors.?
To purchase Chaperone, parents first need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Family Share Plan and must have a Chaperone-capable phone on that account. Parents can add the basic Chaperone Family Locator for $9.99 monthly access per line or add Chaperone with Child Zone for $19.99 monthly access per line.
Parents who want to access location information about their children via their Verizon Wireless handset have a variety of devices to choose from, including: LG VX4700, VX5300, VX8300, VX8600, The Chocolate, The V, The enV, Samsung SCH-a870, SCH-a930, and Motorola V325, RAZR V3m, and MOTOKRZR K1m.