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    In the phone app, there is an option called "Location On - 911 Only".

    As I understand it, "it will allow the network to determine your location at any time in order to provide location-specific services."

    I currently have it set to "911 only".

    Are there any "location-specific" service out there yet that make turning "location on" useful?

    (This is a Sprint - CDMA phone)
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    None other than for 9-1-1. Ben
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    Quote Originally Posted by franko353 View Post
    Are there any "location-specific" service out there yet that make turning "location on" useful?

    (This is a Sprint - CDMA phone)
    Yep, there is... but only if you want it!! The main reason my family just swapped from AT&T to Sprint was their 'Family Locator' feature. This allows you to ping a phone via a website and it shows you the location of the user.

    If you leave the setting at the '911' level, this is accurate to around a mile. If you turn on the 'location-specific' service, it becomes accurate to 25 yards or less.

    Oh, and YES, there are 'big brother' implications. However, my wife was extremely reluctant to get our 10 year old daughter a cell until I showed her this service. Since my kid bounces between a couple of neighborhoods when she feels like rambling, it provides a level of comfort to my wife to be able to do a bit of shadowing. BTW, the ping-able phone is sent periodic alerts that they CAN be located. This is controllable at the FL website; you can either do periodic or everytime-I'm-pinged alerts.

    Me, I'd love to have location-based alerts. I travel 50 weeks a year for my job all over the world and I think it would be great to get 'Look at this!' type alerts, as long as I can opt out when I want.
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    what is the website to send a ping and see where a cell phones location is? is it a free service or subscription based?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nachtswerg View Post

    Me, I'd love to have location-based alerts. I travel 50 weeks a year for my job all over the world and I think it would be great to get 'Look at this!' type alerts, as long as I can opt out when I want.
    Except CDMA, as you prolly know, is not a "roaming" service like GSM. Would be great if on GSM, that's for sure!
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    https://sfl.sprintpcs.com/finder-spr...ily/signIn.htm

    Looks like it is a subscription-based service:

    "For Only $9.99 a Month have quick, easy, and secure access to the location of up to 4 Sprint Nextel phones."
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