T-Mobile to Help Parents Control Kids' Cellphone Use

Add-on service will let account holders set limits on family plan phones.

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Nasty, end-of-month surprises may ease for parents with kids on a T-Mobile family plan. The wireless carrier is launching a new service that will let the account holder set limits on yakking, texting, and downloading teens and 'tweens.

The service can limit airtime, messages, and online purchases—no more unauthorized Guitar Hero III. Parents get notified when a limit is hit on a phone, which loses access to that capability. The service enables account holders to designate "always allowed" numbers that can continue to connect so they can still check on their young Jacks and Jills.

T-Mobile says it will charge an "introductory" rate of $2 for the service's launch in August.


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