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What’s the Difference Between a Safety Wearable and a Cell Phone?

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Technology makes it easier for us to communicate and stay in touch with our loved ones.

And at the rate at which technology advances, there’s no shortage of gadgets for every occasion in our modern-day world. How can you choose the best option?

At Amber Alert GPS, we often hear from parents who want to know more about how our device can serve their families.They often ask, “How is Amber Alert GPS different from a cell phone?”

This is a great question, and one we’d love to clarify for you. There are many fundamental differences between a device from Amber Alert GPS and a cell phone — even a smartphone — that parents need to understand.

The Purpose of Amber Alert GPS Safety Wearable

Cell phones provide a relatively reliable way to communicate with your children. If that’s your main goal, a cell phone might meet this need for you.

But if you’re more focused and concerned with safety, your needs match up better with our device. An Amber Alert GPS safety wearable increases safety and provide parents with immediate, reliable peace-of-mind. We feature:

  • Smart Location — Know where your loved ones are, in real-time.
  • 2-Way Voice — Need to talk to them, no problem.  You can call them, or they can call you.
  • Zones Alerts — Is your child outside of school property? Did your child wander off the Disneyland ground? Is your child more than 50 feet from the school bus route? Get an immediate alert.
  • Predator Alerts — Receive an alert if your child comes within 500 ft of a registered sex offender's residence.
  • Simultaneous Alerting — You, your spouse, your parents, your trusted family and friends, can all receive an alert at the same time. No more “phone tree” required — the device can send alerts to as many people as you'd like.

Sure, parents and kids can use the device to communicate, but that’s just one of many features — and it’s not the main purpose of our product. We designed it with safety in mind.

How Do You Handle an Emergency?

Yes, smartphones do have positioning capabilities. But these features come as added convenience and can burn battery life. Location service is not the main purpose of a cell phone, and not all phones are highly reliable.

Our device, on the other hand, primarily allows parents to watch their children remotely — with accuracy and reliability. Parents (and emergency personnel, if necessary) can access the location of the device from our dashboard or app with speed and confidence. And if the device is turned-off, you’ll get an instant alert.

In an emergency, seconds matter. If your child needs help right away, trying pull out a cell phone and then scrolling through contacts or recent calls is inefficient (at best), and impossible (at worst); even worse if you have to enter a passcode.

The Amber Alert GPS safety wearable, however, comes with one-button calling and an SOS feature. Parents can pre-program the device with a designated phone number, which makes it easy for kids to connect with caregivers immediately.

Technology for All Ages

As parents, we love the capabilities and features that come with our smartphones. But we’re adults; not all children are mature enough to manage their own cell phone.

The Amber Alert GPS doesn’t access the internet in the same way a modern cell phone does, so children are protected from inappropriate material. And it eliminates confusion on who to call should something happen; the device can only contact an assigned phone number (like mom, dad, or grandpa and grandma).

Would you want to provide a child under the age of 10 with a phone and then worry about what our kids can see, send, and receive over phones? It’s difficult to monitor their activity with a piece of technology that can call any number, receive countless text messages from various (and possibly unknown) sources, and access websites as well as any desktop or laptop computer.

You don’t need to give your kids technology that’s a little too advanced for their current age. Instead, give them a device like the Amber Alert GPS — specifically designed with their safety in mind, and nothing else.