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Sprint Offers FamilyWatchdog
Posted: 10-Aug-2007 [Source: Sprint]

[FamilyWatchdog is a free resource for mapping addresses of registered sex offenders.]

Overland Park, Kan. -- Sprint announced today that FamilyWatchdog, a free resource for mapping addresses of registered sex offenders, is now available on select Sprint phones. In addition, the popular Sprint Family Locator service is now available on more than 100 locatable phone models, including the new MUZIQTM by LG and the popular UpStageTM by Samsung. Sprint Family Locator is also a sponsor of the America's Most Wanted Safety Center, an online site providing tips to keep families safe.

"Many parents rely on wireless phones to help them stay connected to their children wherever they go," said Kevin McGinnis, director of wireless data product management for Sprint. "Sprint Family Locator is a valuable tool that many parents are using to get a better sense of their children's whereabouts when they're apart. With the launch of FamilyWatchdog Mobile and the sponsorship of the America's Most Wanted Family Safety Center online, Sprint is helping to provide even more ways for parents to get information on keeping their families safe, just in time for the back-to-school season."

FamilyWatchdog Mobile

The new FamilyWatchdog Mobile enables users to view maps of where registered sex offenders live and work from anywhere on the Sprint or Nextel networks on capable phones, when accessing a PC or laptop would be impractical. 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. Families 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. 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. FamilyWatchdog is also available online at www.familywatchdog.us.

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