Primary schools kids are demanding smartphones, and concerned parents are giving in. The solution is the Alcatel
The Alcatel Movetime Family Watch (website here) is a fun, colourful 3G, IP67 rated kids watch.
It has location features, providing indoor and outdoor positioning, two-way calling, and geofencing. The SOS button on the watch calls for help and in an emergency gives an accurate location. Geofencing can send alerts when the device exits a pre-set safe zone.
Helicopter parents can view their child’s whereabouts throughout the day via the dedicated app and contact the device.
Movetime Family Watch MT30G
- 3G nano sim – make and receive calls to a prespecified list
- Send and receive SMS, voice messages and Emojis
- 1.3” 240×240, Touch display with customisable faces and games
- Bluetooth (for Be My Friend Function)
- IP67 dust and water resistant for one metre up to one hour
- Based on Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 210
- GPS tracking (GPS/LBS/WLAN/AGPS) via TCL Move (iOS and Android)
- User replaceable and changeable bands
- 450mAh two-day battery life – recharge via pogo pin to USB-A cable in 1.5 hours
- TCL app to set school times, reminders etc. (details here)
Price and availability
Ben McIntosh, Chief Commercial Officer Vodafone Australia said
We’re proud to be the exclusive stockist of the Alcatel MOVETIME Family Watch. It is available to purchase outright or on our no lock-in contracts. Parents can spread out the cost of the watch across 12, 24 or 36 months ($15/7.50/5 per month total $180) with a $10 wearable plan which includes unlimited talk and text and 1GB data,”
Vodafone plan is here.
GadgetGuy’s take – some tough love is in order
Many schools now ban smartphone use in the schoolyard. This is an excellent first watch/phone, and kids may appreciate the Dick Tracy watch phone.