Dallas — AT&T will begin selling the previously announced Filip cellphone/GPS-locator watch for kids at $199 beginning Nov. 22 through the carrier’s web store and its flagship Michigan Avenue store on Chicago.
The device, designed for children ages 5 through 11 by Filip Technologies, doubles as a watch and lets kids make and receive GSM voice calls to and from five numbers approved by parents. It uses assisted GPS, cell tower location, and Wi-Fi hot spot triangulation to let parents locate the wearer via an Android or Apple smartphone running a Filip app. An emergency button triggers an automatic location beacon and dials emergency services if family members cannot be reached. The device also lets parents set Safe Zones, triggering a notification if the child enters or leaves a designated zone.
For $10 per month, parents get unlimited two-way voice calling and messaging to the wearer.
Previously, AT&T said distribution would expand early next year to select AT&T-owned stores, a spokesperson said.