AT&T adds new features to its Smart Limits for Wireless program

AT&T adds new features to its Smart Limits for Wireless program
Many young children have been given their own cellphone by their parents. But it is a double-edged sword. On one hand, the phone allows a parent to keep in constant contact with a child and allows the child to call in case of an emergency. On the other hand, walking around with a phone-especially a model with access to the internet and email, can leave your kid open to receiving certain inappropriate messages via talk, text, email or through the web.

AT&T has improved and added new features to its Smart Limits for Wireless product that gives parents control over certain functions. The carrier has doubled the amount of phone numbers that parents can block. Now, a parent can prevent his kid from calling or texting to 30 specific phone numbers. Worried about the apps that your children might download either because of content or cost? AT&T will allow you to prevent your kid from downloading apps on his/her phone by putting a dollar limit on downloads that can be purchased.

If your cellphone bill has been higher than normal, it could be from calls that your young ones are making to 411. Smart Limits for Wireless will now allow you to block 411 access to your kids. And if you're worried that all your son or daughter wants to do is lie around the house texting all day, the program allows you to set a certain time of day when texting will be disabled on your child's handset. Or, you can restrict the number of texts and IM's sent and received each billing cycle to a specific number. If your concern revolves around inappropriate web sites, you can block certain web pages with content filters and web usage can be controlled by putting a specific amount on how much data your kid can access in one billing cycle.

The AT&T Smart Limits for Wireless is $4.99 per month and does have some restrictions. The service will not block any data while the user is on Wi-Fi (don't tell that to the young ones), nor will it work with PTT, BlackBerry email or BlackBerry connect.

source: AT&T via PhoneScoop

AT&T has added new features and improved others for its Smart Limits for Wireless service

AT&T has added new features and improved others for its Smart Limits for Wireless service



1. SavageLucy42

Posts: 211; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

Smart Limits is the most useless feature AT&T offers. It does very little of what people are led to believe it does. Personally, I feel that if your child doesn't use the phone as instructed, then maybe they shouldn't have a phone anyway.

2. Yo unregistered

Great for young kids. I didn't get a cell phone until I was 18, but times are different now. It's important for parents to keep in contact with their kids. Especially after all these shootings at schools.

3. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

yeah, but just get them calling.

4. msa1988

Posts: 418; Member since: Mar 30, 2010

Can't you just get a phone off ebay that doesn't have internet / wifi? If you want a phone that just calls, there is an easy way to do that...

5. duder unregistered

So they charge $5 sprint does all that for me free

6. ATTCallCenter unregistered

I agree with one of the most useless features we have to offer. It doesn't work the correct way that it is intended nor promised. And I believe it's bull that you have to pay $5 a month to block numbers from contacting you. My verizon allows me to block 5 numbers online and I don't have to pay for that. I'm sure there probably is somewhere in the online account management section through ATT where you can do the same. But those are the people who don't call in and bother with such questions. Just one of many useless features tha ATT charges for...kinda like *8 Voicedial for $4.99 a month.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.