Sprint’s corporate responsibility program, Sprint Good WorksSM, is guided by the principle that doing the right thing is good business. That’s why we are committed to ensuring that our products and services are used in a responsible manner.
Sprint recognizes the risk our customers and others face when they drive distracted. Since 2005 we’ve taken a proactive position to provide awareness and education about the dangers of distracted driving, as well as technology solutions to promote better driving behaviors. In fact, yesterday was Drive 4 Pledges Day, when Sprint joined with other wireless carriers and the It Can Wait campaign to urge people to share their commitment to never text and drive.
We’re pleased to announce that starting today our Sprint Drive First application is available to our customers for FREE. There was previously a monthly fee.
Available for Sprint Android™-powered smartphones, Sprint Drive First automatically locks the mobile phone when a car is moving more than 10 mph, disabling phone functionality, directing incoming calls to voicemail and silencing distracting alerts for emails and text messages.
If the driver is using the phone when Sprint Drive First engages, the call will end and the phone lock screen will appear. Anyone texting the driver will receive an automated message indicating the person they texted is driving. The message is customizable by the account holder.
A locked device displays a home screen with exit and emergency 911 buttons to override the app. Sprint Drive First can be overridden if the user is a passenger in a car, on a bus or train, but the parent or account holder can choose to receive notifications when the service is overridden.
Users can choose to program up to five phone numbers to ring through when the phone is locked as well as allowing functionality of three apps, such as navigation, music or weather.
When the application no longer detects movement it unlocks and full device functionality resumes. Sprint Drive First takes into account stop-and-go traffic, so the driver needs to be sitting idle for a few minutes before it will unlock.
To download Sprint Drive First for free, visit Google Play.