WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) announced that T-Mobile will become the newest member of FOSI. T-Mobile USA is committed to protecting kids and families while providing innovative new products and services to millions of customers.
"We look forward to collaborating with T-Mobile to help families make the best choices about their online behavior," said Stephen Balkam, CEO of FOSI. "With smartphones continuing to increase in popularity, it's more important than ever for kids to understand the benefits and risks associated with the Internet. T-Mobile brings a vast array of services and years of experience to help us promote smarter digital practices to a broader network."
"As more and more kids access the Internet via mobile devices, it is important that we continue to educate both parents and their children about Internet safety," said Lynn Majors, vice president and chief privacy officer of T-Mobile and the newest FOSI board member. "We'll work together with FOSI and its members to help ensure that all Internet users have a safe and positive experience online."
T-Mobile is committed to family safety and provides several resources to parents and kids to keep up to date and secure in today's tech savvy world. The wireless company offers a number of apps and services, including free check-in tools, message blocking and web filtering, to help keep families safe online.
The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) works to make the online world safer for kids and their families by identifying and promoting best practices, tools and methods that also respect free speech. FOSI is a trusted, international convener, bringing together leaders in government, industry and the nonprofit sectors to collaborate and innovate new solutions in child safety in a Web 2.0 world. FOSI's members include: AOL, AT&T, BAE Systems Detica, BT Retail, Comcast, Disney, Entertainment Software Association, Facebook, France Telecom, Google, GSM Association, Microsoft, Mind Candy, Motion Picture Association of America, NCTA, Nominum, Sprint, Symantec, Time Warner Cable, Telecom Italia, Telefónica, Telstra, The Cyber Guardian, The Wireless Foundation, Trend Micro, Verizon and Yahoo!.
Based in Bellevue, Wash., T-Mobile USA, Inc. is the U.S. wireless operation of Deutsche Telekom AG (OTCQX: DTEGY). By the end of the third quarter of 2012, approximately 131 million mobile customers were served by the mobile communication segments of the Deutsche Telekom group — 33.3 million by T-Mobile USA — all via a common technology platform based on GSM and UMTS and additionally HSPA+ 21/HSPA+ 42. T-Mobile USA's innovative wireless products and services help empower people to connect to those who matter most. Multiple independent research studies continue to rank T-Mobile USA among the highest in numerous regions throughout the U.S. in wireless customer care and call quality.
In order to provide comparability with the results of other US wireless carriers, all financial amounts are in US dollars and are based on accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ("GAAP"). T-Mobile USA results are included in the consolidated results of Deutsche Telekom, but differ from the information contained herein as, among other things, Deutsche Telekom reports financial results in Euros and in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). For more information, please visit http://www.T-Mobile.com. T-Mobile is a federally registered trademark of Deutsche Telekom AG. For further information on Deutsche Telekom, please visit www.telekom.de/investor-relations.