AT&T Offers More Features to Help Parents Restrict Childrens Mobile Use

AT&T on Monday introduced additional features that enable parents to block more numbers and limit directory assistance calls.

The new features are part of AT&Ts Smart Limits for Wireless option, which is available for $4.99 per line to AT&T consumers who subscribe to a postpaid wireless rate plan.

One of the features allows parents to block up to 30 numbers to prevent unwanted or harassing calls and text messages on their childs phone.  The feature extends to incoming and outgoing calls and text messages and can be modified at any time, AT&T said. Parents previously could block up to 15 numbers.

Parents also can limit or restrict download purchases and calls, including for the first time calls made to 411 for directory assistance.

AT&T Smart Limits for Wireless further allows parents to filter access to inappropriate Internet content, define the number of text and instant messages permitted and establish times of the day a child can use the phone for mobile web browsing, messaging and outbound calls. Parents also have the ability to determine the amount of web browsing usage allowed per billing cycle and limit downloadable purchases, such as games and ringtones, to a specific dollar amount.

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