Parents can monitor and limit their child’s cell phone use and much more
WAYNESBORO, VA – To fulfill requests from its customers, nTelos Wireless announced today the launch of a new custom parental control app.
The new app, called Parental Control, is designed to give parents peace of mind in multiple ways, from offering custom reports that show who is texting their children to a GeoAlert feature, which alerts them when their child arrives safely at school or a friend’s house. In addition, a parent can also use the location feature to locate their child’s device at any time to determine where their child is located.
“This app is perfect for parents who want their child to have a cell phone for convenience or emergencies, but also want to set boundaries on when and how they use their phone,” said Conrad Hunter, chief operating officer of nTelos Wireless. “Parents download the app to their child’s phone, and then use a website to set the controls and features.
Starting today, the Android app will be available on the Google Play store to post-pay customers at two price levels: standard for $9.99 per month; and premium, which includes multiple features as well as the ability for parents to set a curfew time for when children can use the phone, and unlimited GeoAlerts for $14.99 per month. At either price point, parents can track up to 10 phone lines via a custom website parentalcontrol.ntelos.com. An Apple iPhone version is currently in the works.
While other cellular phone carriers offer similar features split into several different apps, nTelos worked closely with Code9 Mobile, a developer of child usage apps, to bundle sought after features into its own custom app.
“In a mobile, digital world, parents need help to gain insight into their kids’ mobile lives,” Hunter added. “Without parental guidance, kids can easily misuse cell phones to become inadvertent bullies, or their victims, or worse. This was a feature our customers were asking for, so we’re delivering.”
The app can also alert parents when certain key words are used in texts, or when there are changes to their child’s address book. A parent can choose to generate a number of reports for their child’s phone, with the basic level offering higher-level reporting and the premium version offering more detailed reports.
NTELOS Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:NTLS, news, filings), operating through its subsidiaries as “nTelos Wireless,” is headquartered in Waynesboro, VA, and provides high-speed, dependable nationwide voice and data coverage for over 420,000 retail subscribers based in Virginia, West Virginia and portions of Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Kentucky. nTelos’ licensed territories have a total population of approximately 8 million residents, of which its wireless network covers approximately 5.9 million residents. nTelos is also the exclusive wholesale provider of network services to Sprint Nextel in the western Virginia and West Virginia portions of its territories for all Sprint CDMA wireless customers. Learn more about nTelos Wireless and its cell phone service offerings. Stay connected on Facebook and Twitter.
About Code9 Mobile Code9
Mobile was created by Chet Thaker and his wife, Julie Dobson, after she expressed concerns that their daughter may be experiencing bullying through her phone. With a team of leading mobile application engineers, successful business executives and skilled telecommunications experts, Thaker and his team developed this innovative software to help parents recognize when their children are in trouble. The cutting-edge smartphone application provides parents with detailed insight on how their children are using their mobile phones and allows them to protect their kids if they notice dangerous behavior. Code9 Mobile helps parents gain awareness of kids’ lives without spying and encourages kids to use their cell phones in a responsible way, while maintaining a level of privacy. Code9 Mobile is based in Rockville, Maryland.