Micro-P to provide child tracking MVNO solution

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Distributor to offer monitoring application with 360 MVNO SIM packages

Micro-P is to include a new tracking solution with its 360 Mobile MVNO SIM packages to enable  parents to monitor their children’s spend and whereabouts.

The solution, which will be available from next month on the distributor’s three-month pre-paid contracts, will cost between £1 and £2 per month. The service is not a bolt-on.

Parents will be able to monitor and track numbers through Micro-P’s web portal using a combination of the network and GPS. The portal includes a service similar to the Google Maps Street View option.

Subscribers will be able to track additional non-Mobile 360 numbers using the Micro-P service for an extra £4.99 per month.

Micro-P business manager Simon Slater (pictured) said the solution is ideal for parents buying a first phone for their child and for businesses, such as courier and delivery companies, that need to keep track of their staff.

The firm is working with e-tailer Amazon on selling the product to parents and including the tracking products as a bundle with handsets (see boxout).

Slater said: “We are adding a tracking element to it, so you can get parental tracking and piece of mind-type services.

“We will build it into the accounts, to create a bundle for parents who might, for instance, be buying their kid’s first phone.

“Equally, it’s ideal for small couriers that might have three or four vans in a relatively localised area, who can now say, ‘Look,  you can track me online’.”

Micro-P’s 360 contracts enable customers to sign up on contract terms, with allowances for minutes and texts, but they must pay the full contract cost upfront.

Prices start at £29.99 for 100 minutes, 3,000 texts and 500MB of data for three months, and customers can move to rolling contracts once the three-month term has elapsed.

Micro-P in discussions with retailers over 360 Mobile

Micro-P is in talks with retailers Littlewoods, Argos and Comet, plus a number of independent phone stores, about stocking its 360 Mobile SIM.

The SIMs went on sale through e-tailers Amazon and eBuyer in October and November respectively.
Micro-P business manager Simon Slater confirmed the company is in discussions with a number of handset manufacturers, thought to include Samsung and Nokia, about creating a bundled contract deal, which it hopes will be available within six months.

“Our view has been not to  just go mass and push it out to everyone, because we lose a bit of focus there,” said Slater.

“We are working with some of the handset manufacturers to say, ‘Let’s look at those bundles’ and we should be seeing something through Amazon and other online guys with a built-in six-month contract bundle in the next few weeks.”

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