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T-Mobile FamilyMode will give parents more control over their kids' devices
- T-Mobile just announced FamilyMode, an app and device combo service, that will launch on June 29.
- It will give parents more control to monitor and filter their kids’ devices at home.
- The device costs $20 and another $10 per month for the service.
T-Mobile is planning to offer a comprehensive service designed for parents to keep track of their kids’ online activities. It’s called T-Mobile FamilyMode, and it will launch on June 29 with an app and device combo that costs $20 up front, plus another $10 per month for the service.
While other carriers like Sprint, AT&T and Verizon offer their own extra monthly parental control services, they are mostly concerned with moms and dads finding the location of their kids’ phones, or the ability to block incoming calls and texts. T-Mobile says its FamilyMode service adds a ton of extra features. One is in the FamilyMode Home Hub device, which is a small box that connects to your home’s Wi-Fi network. The device, combined with the FamilyMode app, allows parents to monitor, filter and set time limits for their Android and iOS phones and tablets. In addition, the service can also do the same for your laptops, your smart TV, and your gaming consoles.
T-Mobile FamilyMode will also let parents see which apps and websites their kids use across all of their home devices, along with a way to schedule their access to the internet. Parents can also shut down their access on demand, but if the kids have done something nice, the parents can also reward them with extra internet time beyond their set limits.