Read the legal and privacy restrictions before you sign up. This is the kind of service that, whether well-intentioned or not, raises all sorts of privacy concerns: it can be used just as easily to monitor a partner or even a parent as to keep tabs on a child's location. But the Windows Phone version of the app has just been bumped to version 2. I went through the Windows Phone Central archives and found a post about FamilyMap from back in April, 2009 when it first launched. On the flip side, I can imagine that parents will be able to keep an eye on their kids to make sure they are where they are supposed to be at all times. In addition to the initial text message that is sent out, users have the option of configuring the system in such a way that will notify the phone owner each time the phone is located with the system.
Sharing a Family Plan with someone else who has the account in their name? While it may be mostly boiler-plate language, one section reads: While the Terms of Service is wordy, I could find no clarification as to who the others might be that could have access to the FamilyMap information. After my wife raked me over the coals for tracking her, she acknowledged that this would be a nice thing to have when our son starts to drive. I was able to block numbers and know who my teen was talking to. You should know, however, that cellular phones cannot be located unless they are in an area that has cell phone service and the battery is not depleted on the phone. As a parent of two children, I welcome these type services but expect them to be reasonable, secure, and safe to use. This service is very similar to the ultra popular service. In reading the Terms of Service for FamilyMap there were two standout sections that made me pause.
Well guess what, that never happened. Then it tells us we do not have permission to access the app. And while you're at it, and tell them exactly why you're not signing up and that you won't use their new services until they make user privacy a priority! This location capability has improved significantly over the years as phones increasingly come equipped with chips that are able to more precisely position the user. Horrible development, terrible user friendliness and absolutely not ready for public use. Secure Family and Companion app users must be on the same account. Service auto renews every 30 days unless cancelled.
Would you use this on your family? Also I talked with 2 more reps and they were going to block a number from my teens phone. So we follow the steps and logged out, log back in and the same error occurs telling us that we are already subscribed. It also allows users to switch between satellite and interactive street maps. To cancel your subscription, go to account settings in iTunes. Sprint has a feature that allows you to receive automatic text messages at a particular time of day alerting you to the location of a particular phone. The users who sign up for the service will enjoy the first 30 days free. The service appears to be similar to other we reviewed earlier this year but lack the data erasing capabilities.
The FamilyMap tracking is done silently, with tracked phones receiving a text message once a month to let them know they are being watched. Back then we were called Windows Mobile Experts and FamilyMap was brand new. While it makes sense to prohibit these activities, it makes me wonder how easily the service can be abused. You can tune the schedules for specific days of the week and time combinations. Now there's one less step for your family to get started!.
The service presents a precise position on the map represented by an icon with a disclaimer about possible variance 40 yards to 0. When starting the service, FamilyMap texts tracked numbers to inform them they are being tracked. No refunds or credits for partial subscriptions terms. Thus all locatees know from the get-go that they can be tracked. Additionally, the service provides alerts at specified time via a text message. If after you have completed the trial, you decide that you would like to continue using the service, there are two payment options. Just make sure everyone you need to locate gets the app! Establish as many zones as you wish by entering the addresses, and tune notifications with a simple point-and-click calendar and timing menu.
We started by downloading the app, then we had to install it and sync it to the other phone that we were monitoring. Like most new technology there are two sides to the FamilyMap service and time will tell how it shakes out. This new app does nothing different than the iPhone. I would not even consider this ready for beta testing. If my son is late coming home and doesn't answer his phone, FamilyMap will allow me to find out where he is located.
Never use any kind of technology to invade someone's privacy or monitor or track their phone without their consent! They told me to download an app to block numbers I did that, but found out my teen can unblock the people I block so that was a waste of time. Make your voice heard and demand your right to privacy when you choose to use cool new technology! And of course, this version also contains bug fixes. In other words, another member of your Family Plan could track you for a month or more without your awareness or consent - whether that person was a parent or a The only person who receives any other sort of notification - or who has the ability to alter privacy settings to prevent phones from being located - is the account holder. So, if you want to know if your child has made it home by a certain time after school, you can schedule a location check at that time. This service is creepy for sure, and there is little doubt there is ample room for customer abuse. In testing FamilyMap myself, enrolled phones received text messages when I signed up for the service as well as when I initiated tracking. Additionally, Gizmodo was able to access the service by creating a separate log-in without knowing the master password.