T-Mobile Launches Service to Prevent Texting While Driving

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We all know that texting while driving is a huge no-no, but now T-Mobile has introduced a new service that will allow parents to prevent teen drivers from being able to commit the dangerous act.

According to Engadget, DriveSmart Plus is a subscription-based upgrade to the DriveSmart app, which is able to detect when your car is in motion. Incoming calls are automatically sent to voicemail, and incoming text messages get an auto-reply that says the recipient is driving.

You don't need to enable the app, and there is a way to override it in the event of an emergency. However, as an extra precaution, DriveSmart gives parents the option to be notified by text or email when that happens. Your phone use can also be monitored by your parents through the service on the Web.

Right now, the upgrade is only available on LG's Optimus T, but T-Mobile is expected to expand the service to other phones soon.

What do you think of the app upgrade? Do you like the idea of having a program that will keep you from texting and talking on the phone while driving? Or are you not psyched about your parents having control of your phone through the service? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.


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