WASHINGTON - The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) today announced that T-Mobile USA, the U.S. wireless operation of Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT), has joined as a member. T-Mobile will work with FOSI to further promote safe and responsible use of the Internet.
As one of the leading providers of family-focused mobile services in the United States, T-Mobile already has a wide array of products and services that help parents keep their kids safe while on the mobile web, and help kids manage their online mobile experience.
"Children are using cell phones from very young ages and it's imperative that we work with wireless mobile phone providers to ensure families have access to the best safety tips and cell phone tools," said Stephen Balkam, CEO of FOSI. "We are excited that T-Mobile USA has joined FOSI and look forward to working with them to help keep children and families safe while using their cell phones."
"Families increasingly live their lives, share their joys, and manage their schedules in a connected mobile environment," said Tom Sugrue, vice president of government affairs, T-Mobile USA. "T-Mobile is proud to be a member of FOSI, and to help our valued family customers get and stay safe while they enjoy rich mobile experiences on T-Mobile’s network."
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's members include: AOL, AT&T, Blue Coat Systems, BT Retail, Comcast, Facebook, France Telecom, Google, GSM Association, Kingston Communications, Loopt, Microsoft, MySpace, NCTA, Ning, Nominum, Optenet, RuleSpace, Sprint, StreamShield, Symantec, T-Mobile, Time Warner Cable, Telefónica, TELMEX, The Wireless Foundation, Verizon, Yahoo!. FOSI hosts an annual international conference to bring together Internet safety advocates from a variety of sectors, including global corporations, government, non-profits, academia and the media, to discuss the current pulse of online safety and emerging solutions that will enhance it. For more information, please visit www.fosi.org.
Based in Bellevue, Wash., T-Mobile USA, Inc. is the U.S. wireless operation of Deutsche Telekom AG. By the end of the first quarter of 2010, approximately 150 million mobile customers were served by the mobile communication segments of the Deutsche Telekom group-33.7 million by T-Mobile USA-all via a common technology platform based on GSM and UMTS, the world's most widely used digital wireless standards. 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 among the highest in numerous regions throughout the U.S. in wireless customer care and call quality. For more information, please visit http://www.T-Mobile.com. T-Mobile is a federally registered trademark of Deutsche Telekom AG.