We have had AT&T for years, and I love their service and customer service is amazing! We tried out a few different devices with AT&T when we needed to communicate with our kids, but aren’t quite ready to give either of the kids cell phones yet. They are only ages 7 and 9 as of this summer, so when we first started trying AT&T devices last year, they were only 5 and 7. The Filip watch was nice, and fashionable, but I felt like the AT&T Amber Alert GPS device held a battery charge longer, and didn’t require wearing the watch. This made it less likely to get lost or stolen. Amber Alert GPS is a great device for both kids and adults who may need a little extra assistance. For us, it worked perfectly, even on the ski slopes as they took ski lessons!
Here’s how the device works: We had our older daughter hold on to it. It’s a small transponder with two-way talk/alert. You can tell when there is signal as a blue light flashes. For ease of carrying, we took a lanyard and attached it to the transponder so it fit around her neck, or she could put it in her coat pockets while skiing. When she wants to communicate with us, she pushes and holds down the large button (Alert button), and it rings to the assigned phone number. There is an app/website where you can configure all of this. So, as soon as she holds down the button for a few seconds, it calls the cell phone programmed for two-way communications. Only one number can call into the device, and only one number is called out from the device. I programmed my phone to have it say my daughter’s name and GPS Alert, so I could immediately see that and answer. Then, the device acts like a speaker phone for her. We can have a normal conversation. Conversely, if I wanted to reach her, I’d call the phone number assigned to this GPS Device and she’d push the same button to answer and talk. The coolest part of this device is that I can see where she is at any given time as long as it is in her possession. I could track her movements on El Dora Ski Mountain (phone signal there is bad), but I could still track her using this device, which was awesome! When we left her for a sleepover, I knew I could call her and say good nite, or she could call me anytime if she needed anything, but it’s not like she’d disturb others with a smart phone, plus I think 9 is still too young for a smart phone. The only place we don’t send it is school because there are rules in school about technology. But, if you want to use the GPS feature, you can slip it into their backpacks. I knew when my husband was safely making it down the mountain and canyon when he took the kids skiing in his rear-wheel drive car. The device, software, and apps for it are easy to install and use, and log in and out of. We even tried this device for my father-in-law, but I think the kids found it more user-friendly than he did.
I highly recommend the Amber Alert GPS device for younger kids, and even though the Filip watch looks more stylish, I found the Amber Alert Device held a charge better and longer, and the voice quality and ease of use were better. The charge is only $10 a month on your existing wireless account, and the device costs $99 to buy from AT&T (but they are out of stock right now), so you can also get it on amazon as well through this link:
*Disclaimer: I received no compensation for this particular post, but I did win the Amber Alert GPS device at an AT&T-sponsored event a couple of years back. I have other posts for AT&T And have previously posted about their products and services. The opinions expressed here are my own.