Sprint intros shatterproof WeGo phone for kids
posted by Florin T. / Apr 11, 2014, 10:59 AM
Apart from launching Samsung’s high-end Galaxy S5, Sprint today also released a new phone made for kids. Called WeGo, the handset is a “value-friendly mobile phone that allows parents to give their child the safety and communication tools they need when they are away from home.”
Sprint WeGo is packed with safety features and extensive tracking functionality. Parents can limit the phone’s connections by programming which incoming and outgoing calls and messages can be made. Sprint provides a WeGo Portal that enables parents to control the handset, and track it via GPS.
The WeGo phone has only one button on the front, and a few buttons on the sides (two of these act as volume rockers, but also as menu controls). It also features a tether string that acts as a panic alarm when pulled, emitting a loud buzzer, and informing parents about the kid’s location via SMS. The device is water resistant and “shatterproof from a drop distance of 12 feet.”
Sprint is selling the WeGo starting today for “existing customers who add a line to their account.” The phone is offered for $0 down and 24 monthly payments of $5. There’s a Sprint WeGo Service that costs $9.99 per month, and includes 1,000 text messages and 1,000 minutes of talk.
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Your child will hate you for giving this excuse for a phone.
posted on Apr 11, 2014, 11:27 AM 7
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and relying on sprints network for their safety.
posted on Apr 11, 2014, 11:45 AM 4
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the kids will make an emergency call into child services (if theyre in the service area for sprint) and tell them how their parents beat them and give them crappy phones on a crappy provider. then the children will be taken away from their horrible family and put into a new family where they have a better provider and theyll get better phones.
posted on Apr 11, 2014, 12:03 PM 5
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Rest of the specs: Snapdragon 805 clocked at 3.0 GHz 1" 2560x 1440 Assertive display Dual BoomSound speakers at back Touch ID at front, integrated heart rate monitor on lock button Hidden 50mp Pureview camera Grenade functionality (with easy-to-use trigger)
posted on Apr 11, 2014, 12:15 PM 3
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interesting thing, since there's a reason that everytime I see people giving kids iphone/android phone, whatever, that I cringe, I don't care how good or sturdy that phone is, kids are going to break it, and then they are going to whine about it breaking and try to get another, seen it all too freaking often. Maybe this is a good thing to give a child that you know hasn't quite learned to take care of things they own.
posted on Apr 11, 2014, 1:55 PM 1
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I bought my two daughters Boost Mobile Kyocera Hydro's when they were $10 at Target. Plus Sprint is charging 24×$5=$120 for this phone. I think buying your kids cheap Android phones is fine. Or how bout on T-Mobile? I bought my father an Alcatel One Touch Evolve for $49. Put a $5 TPU case on that and it won't be breaking from a simple drop on concrete. I could buy two of those and still have spent less than this crap. The only redeemable feature this junk has is the SOS function. No one should give their kids iPhones. That's just stupid.
posted on Apr 11, 2014, 8:35 PM 1
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Seriously? Your 8 year old kid will hate you when you give him a phone with a small screen like this.
posted on Apr 11, 2014, 1:55 PM 0
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yeah and they are also going to hate you if you give them a 'real' phone and THEY break it and you don't replace it for them..
posted on Apr 11, 2014, 2:01 PM 0
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