Tuesday, July 17, 2012

T-Mobile Safe Summer and a SpringBoard Giveaway

During the summer we take extra measures to keep those we love safe. For my family, this means sunscreen, drinking plenty of water, sunglasses, and lots of talks about not playing in cars or in the street. For my older kids, it also means keeping tabs on where they are. In the summer, they have more freedom, and I'm one of those moms who gives their kids their own cell phone - I like to know that I can reach them at any time.


This summer, T-Mobile is helping by showing us how to take measures to protect our families, our devices, and our content. I've been taking a lot of pictures with my phone this summer and I feel confident in the apps I have to back up my photos and other content, as well as protecting my phone from viruses and malware.

Which phone? I'm glad you asked. I am the proud owner of the HTC One S. It's magical. I love it so much. The phone is light, the screen is huge (4.3" qHD). The 8 megapixel camera takes amazing pictures and (get this) you can take photos WHILE YOU'RE SHOOTING VIDEO. That's right. Also, I'm in love with the Beats Audio which, when I plug in my headphones, helps me run faster.


To protect my phone (which, let's face it, might have more valuable information than what's in my wallet) I rely on Lookout Mobile Security. Lookout is award-winning security, and is always running scans to make certain that everything I access on my phone is safe. If something did happen to my phone, I can remotely lock it and wipe its contents to ensure my information isn't stolen.

To protect the content of my phone I can rely on MobileLife Family Organizer, which is the collaboration of T-Mobile and Cozi (the #1 online and mobile family calendar and organization service) (shout out to my friend Carol Schiller from Cozi -- Hi, Carol!). I LOVE this program. I've set it up so that our family calendar events get sent to Darin and to our kids via text on their phones, which means no more, "But I didn't know I had piano today!" There's also a Shared Shopping List which is helpful to me, and a Family Journal which I think is really cool.

To protect my family, T-Mobile has amazing services available. FamilyWhere lets me know where my kids are by using the location of their phone(s). If they're not where they're supposed to be when they're supposed to be there, I will get a text alert telling me so. Web Guard lets me adjust and customize what my kids can and cannot (mainly cannot) access on the internet on their phones. Though it's not foolproof, it's a good start, and there are Child, Teen, and Young Adult settings to guide what might be appropriate for your child. Family Allowances lets me determine how my child uses their phone: how many phone calls, text messages, and downloads, and I'm alerted when they're approaching their limit. I can also control when their phones ring (like, not at night when they should be asleep, or when they're in school).

I love living in The Future.

Don't you?

I mean, don't you wish you had the right device to help you live in The Future?

Okay.

The T-Mobile SpringBoard with Google has 16 GB of internal memory with 32 GB of expandable memory and a 5 MP rear-facing camera. With a seven-inch HD multi-touch display, the T-Mobile SpringBoard can fit comfortably into a coat pocket, briefcase, or purse. With its ultra portable size and 4G connectivity, it's perfect for staying connected and organized, and for on-the-go entertainment. Providing endless amounts of multimedia content for the entire family, including the ability to watch TV and movies, listen to music, read books and magazines, and play games, the T-Mobile SpringBoard with Google offers a captivating Web browsing experience at an affordable price - $429.


To win a T-Mobile SpringBoard please do the following and leave a separate comment for each (including links to tweets) (on this post):

  • Follow T-Mobile on Twitter
  • Like the T-Mobile facebook page
  • Answer the following question in the comment section: How do you use wireless devices to keep your  kid(s) safe during the summer months? 
  • Send a tweet about this giveaway using a link to this post, @formerlyphread, @TMobile, #TMobileSummer, and #SLC

Please note: 
  • Giveaway open to U.S. residents only
  • Giveaway begins Tuesday, 17 July, 2012, 5:am MDT and ends Monday, 23 July, 2012, 11:59 pm MDT. 
  • Winner will be chosen via random.org 
  • Disclosure: I am being compensated for my participation in this campaign and informational details regarding products and services have been provided to me; be assured, however, that opinions about devices, programs, and all else in this post are genuinely mine.

74 comments:

cabesh said...

I follow @TMobile

cabesh said...

I liked the T-Moble FB page.

cabesh said...

My kids are little enough that they are out and about on their own. So, the only T-Mobile service I currently use is WebGuard. I like knowing that T-Mobile will attempt to block questionable material for me. It let's me rest a little easier when I hand my phone over so that the kids can use an app.

cabesh said...

I tweeted it.

Whitney@SomethingBroughtYouHere said...

I like the t-mobile FB page

Whitney@SomethingBroughtYouHere said...

My little girl is still so young that I don't use wireless devices to help keep her safe. But they do help keep her entertained when we go for long road trips to visit family!

Lindsey M. Petersen said...

I follow @TMobile.

Lindsey M. Petersen said...

I like TMobile on Facebook.

Lindsey M. Petersen said...

Wireless devices keep me and my kids safe 365 days a year in one million ways. I love living in the future.

Lindsey M. Petersen said...

I tweeted it: https://twitter.com/linzlinzlinz/status/225246877581443072

Stacie said...

I follow Tmobile on Twitter as @staciefacevlogs

Stacie said...

I liked the Tmobile FB page as Stacie Skinner-Hoxsie

Stacie said...

I dont have kids but if I did I would research what apps are good to keep kids safe during the summer. Def. a GPS tracking so I'd know where they were..unless they left the phone somewhere - that'd not be so handy.

Stacie said...

Tweeted here: https://twitter.com/StacieFaceVlogs/status/225261215155363840

Lindsey Johnson said...

I follow @TMobile.

Lindsey Johnson said...

I like TMobile on FB. Oh, yes I do.

Lindsey Johnson said...

We don't really have any mobile devices besides an ancient cell phone, but if we did, you can bet we'd be using TMobile to keep our kids safe when they're playing games and using apps.

Lindsey Johnson said...

https://twitter.com/cafe_johnsonia/status/225286942294675457

I tweeted about it!

Livin' La Vida Lanphear said...

I follow TMobile on Twitter.

Livin' La Vida Lanphear said...

I like Tmobile on facebook.

Livin' La Vida Lanphear said...

To keep my kids safe during the summer, we have an app on their Ipods that allows them to make a phone call with WIFI.

Livin' La Vida Lanphear said...

I tweeted the giveaway.

Ashley Carver said...

I liked Tmobile on facebook.

Ashley Carver said...

I don't have a twitter otherwise I so woulda tweeted that tweet! lol
T-mobile has great features that keep my kids (I'm a nanny) safe and happy. I love the Mobile Life family organizer you mentioned as well as any pictures or videos taken are automatically backed up. The GPS (Family where) has to be my favorite feature. It helps me to have eyes in the back of my head. Mothers know all! :)

Me said...

Following tmobile on Twitter

Me said...

Following on Facebook

Me said...

I use mobile devices to keep my kids safe by always being able to see/find and interact with them. If I put it in their hands I'm able to know where they are at all times.

rachel said...

I follow tmobile on twitter.

rachel said...

I follow tmobile on facebook too!

mrs. r said...

We keep our kids safe by putting a password on anything in the app store. This means they can't run up a bill and that we can approve which apps come to the devices. Works like a charm!

I love what you were saying about Family Allowances though. Gonna need that for sure.

mrs. r said...

I follow T-Mobile on the Twitter.

mrs. r said...

I follow T-Mobile on FB.

Shawn @ I Wash...You Dry said...

I follow T-Mobile on Twitter!

Shawn @ I Wash...You Dry said...

I follow T-Mobile on Facebook!

Shawn @ I Wash...You Dry said...

My kids are still pretty young so they don't have phones or any electronics yet. But I let them play with my iPhone at home while I supervise.

Harmony Burmeister said...

I Follow T-Mobile on Twitter

Harmony Burmeister said...

I Like the T-Mobile facebook page

Harmony Burmeister said...

I dont currently use my phone for the kids but when the time comes I would use the familywhere. great idea

Harmony Burmeister said...

tweet https://twitter.com/hburmeister/status/226641846418423808

Jill K said...

I follow T-Mobile on Twitter.

Jill K said...

I Like them on the Facebooks!

Jill K said...

Having games on my phone for my kids to play with while I take a nap keeps them safe from my angry sleepless self.

Jill K said...

I did the twittering.

https://twitter.com/jillakaufusi/status/226718106565894144

Pduffey said...

I follow tmobile on twitter @phillishaduffey

Pduffey said...

I liked tmobile on facebook as phillishaduffey

phillishaduffey(at)gmail.com

Pduffey said...

I keep in touch with the family using a family tracking app, I would tell you what it is but my phone is broken lol.

Pduffey said...

I tweeted
https://twitter.com/Phillishaduffey/status/226832153021915136

Emily said...

Totally followed T-Mobile on the Twitters!

Emily said...

I hadn't thought much about using our wireless devices to keep the kids safe, but now that I know about FamilyWhere and the nifty trick for limiting the use of your children's cell phones, I'm all over that!

We do keep our kids away from any sort of data plan that would allow for anything other than calling and texting. That seems to help!

Emily said...

Totally tweeted it! https://twitter.com/emihill/status/226860643762970624

Sell...Party Of 5 said...

I learned the hard way that my kids aren't old enough to play with my phone...I got a bill for stuff that my 2 year old downloaded to my phone.

Sooo, basically they stay safe by just not playing on it. :)

Oh, and that same 2 year old may have broken my phone...leaving me 4 months away from renewing my plan and now I have no phone. Bummer.

La Yen said...

I follow TMobile on Twitter

La Yen said...

I use my wireless device's gps so that we don't end up in the moonshine and yokel country this summer.

La Yen said...

I tweeted!

La Yen said...

And I like the FB.

Waldo said...

Followed tmobile

Waldo said...

Liked tmobile on fb

Waldo said...

I keep my kids safe by letting the kids play games on my phone so we can sleep longer, and also to keep him from running the streets with gangs

myimaginaryblog said...

I loan my cheapie prepaid phone to my kids while they walk to the park, so they can call me when they get there or need a ride home. Then I stay home, close to our land line. If I had *two* devices, I could call them from the car.

Frieda Loves Bread said...

I follow TMo as @friedaluvsbread!

Frieda Loves Bread said...

I have "liked" TMo on FB for awhile... love 'em!

Frieda Loves Bread said...

My two boys are all grown up....I wish I had the cell capability to keep track of them when they were younger....they had a bad habit of "house hopping" where I had to call house after house to find them!

Frieda Loves Bread said...

Tweeted! https://twitter.com/friedaluvsbread/status/227453532306014208

Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy said...

I follow t-mobile on twitter

Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy said...

I like t-mobile on facebook

Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy said...

for me we use the ipad full of autism and asperger apps to help educate my kids for safety in ways I can't quite do on my own

CKW said...

I followed t-mobile on twitter

CKW said...

Liked the facebook page :-)

CKW said...

I have yet to be able to use technology to keep my kids safe, but I like the idea of having my kids accessible by phone when they are playing in the neighborhood. I also really like the safety features that t-mobile offers for phones. I plan to use a lot of those when my kids have phones.

CKW said...

I tweeted it :-)

Michelle said...

My husband got a tablet from his President's Club trip and then it got stolen from us. DRAT. I want this! :)

Michelle said...

I'm now following @TMobile on twitter (@speakmichelle)

Katie said...

I followed T-mobile on Twitter with my username...ktbride67

Katie said...

I liked T-mobile on Facebook