For the Stalker in your Life: AT&T FamilyMap


If there’s one word that you could use to describe me, it’s paranoid. I freak out a little bit when I don’t know where people are, particularly loved ones and family members. If I can’t get ahold of my wife on my phone, I instantly think the worst and assume she’s dead on a freeway somewhere, and I’ll never see her again. That’s why to abate my fears, we signed on to the most reliable 3G network out there, AT&T.

Cough.

Looks like AT&T has got my back on this one though, because they’ve got an iPhone app for helping you find your family members. It’s called AT&T FamilyMap [iTunes link], and by using either GPS or  by triangulating cell towers, they can determine where your kids/wife/stalker cousin Bob is at all times. Just click on their name and a Google map pulls up with their location, accurate to 1.5 miles, depending on the method of finding them.

The app itself is free, but service is a little bit more pricey. It’s $9.99 for 2 people, or $14.99 for up to 5. They have to all have AT&T service of course, and the willingness to give up a little bit of their privacy.

Personally, I think this is a great idea for kids. Is little Kelly saying that she’s at a friend’s house? Maybe you should double check. Look at that picture up top. Doesn’t Billy just look like a shifty kid? If you ask me, I bet he’s out shoving bottle rockets in frogs out at the creek. Damn that Billy.


Kevin Whipps

Kevin Whipps is a copy editor, writer, photographer and custom car builder based in the Phoenix, Ariz. area. For the past 10 years he's been building his portfolio, mostly in the automotive publishing industry. When he's not wrenching on cars, most of his time is spent discovering new gadgets and toys, and of course, using everything Apple. Whipps is also married, and has a baby boy, Kevin Whipps Jr., coming on February 7, 2010.

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