I was recently given an opportunity to check out a new program offered by AT&T Wireless cellphone service that allows you to register the cell phones in your family and from there, check on their whereabouts. For those who have children with cellphones, this is a fantastic idea. I try not to be a nervous parent, and I think most of the time, I do pretty good. I don’t hover too much, I make practical judgments and I don’t take chances. And as careful as I am, there are times that I need to let him and go and do things on his own. School is obvious, but not as stress-inducing as it’s a walk to the corner to catch the bus and the school is barely a mile away. But what about those times that he’s going on an outing with a friend and their family? Or when we send him to Elko to stay with my in-laws as we often do when he has breaks from school? Those times, it’s nice to know where he is. And it’s nice to be able to know when he arrives at a destination too. Basically, this service from AT&T Wireless gives a parent like me peace of mind.
This brand new service is called AT&T FamilyMap. And it is exactly what it says. It’s a map of your family! From your home computer or even your mobile phone (if you have web browser capabilities), you can log into your account and with the click of a button, check up on your family and see where they are with your own eyes. Think of how handy this is when you call your teen aged daughter and she says she’s at the library but the FamilyMap tells you she’s at her boyfriend’s house instead! But more than that, it eases a worried mind.
The features here are truly nifty too! You can set up schedules for the different phones in your family and it will automatically check on the location of that phone at the given time. So if you need to know if your daughter made it to school or your son made it to soccer practice on time, you can with amazing ease. You’ll be sent a text message to your phone with the status so you know right away.
I’ve been playing around with this and have been very pleased! In spite of my husband’s phone showing up as being in Florida for the first day (still not sure why that happened), it works perfectly, showing me when he gets to work, and even better, when he’s on his way home (I can’t be the only one who counts the minutes until their husband gets home at night, can I?). I couldn’t locate my son’s phone at first until I found out that it had fallen behind his bed and the battery had run out. One charge-up later, and I could see when he got to school and where he was playing down the street at a friend’s house, even!
Need more information? To learn more, and sign up for a free, 30-day trial, check out the FamilyMap site. Free trials are AWESOME! Also, check out how the rest of the BlogHer Reviewers explored AT&T FamilyMap – you have 10 chances to win a $100 Visa gift card. You read that right… you can WIN. And you can win right here too!
Because that’s the best news yet: there’s a contest! What do you need to do? To enter, just leave me a comment below and tell me how you keep your peace of mind – or you may leave a link to your post on your own blog in the comments below. The contest will begin at 8/27/2009 and will end 9/20/2009. Make sure that the e-mail address you leave is correct.
No duplicate comments.
You may receive an additional entry by linking on twitter and leaving a link in the comments.
You may receive an additional entry by blogging about this contest and leaving a link in the comments.
This giveaway is open to US-residents, aged 18 and older
Winners will be selected via random draw, and will notified by e-mail.
You have 48 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.
Your peace of mind can be regarding your family, as mine is, or it could be a strategy for keeping your cool at work, or dealing with difficult family members or anything else you can think of! Please no “scary” stories, just share the good stuff with us! What helps you get through the day, the tips and tricks for calm and serenity that work the best for you.
What can you win? As I mentioned before, a $100 Visa gift card, to use however you’d like! In addition to peace of mind, who couldn’t use that? So don’t be shy, leave your comment below and enter today! This contest will be over September 20th, so don’t delay.
Oh, and check out the official contest rules. Good luck!
ETA: Thank you to everyone who entered this contest! I fired up random.org and their handy dandy number generator and the winner is comment #…. 7! Lucky 7! Congratulations, Bonnie! I will be contacting you shortly for address information. And again, thanks to everyone for chiming in, I really enjoyed reading all the responses!