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Sprint’s Drive First app keeps you safe, charges you money

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Distracted Driving

A lot of phones these days come with a little sticker on the screen that warns against texting while driving. We’re all guilty of it, but it really is something that needs to be put in check. There are some applications out there that will disable texting while a car is in motion, but few are well publicized by a carrier. Today, Sprint’s CEO Dan Hesse (the calm guy from the Sprint commercials) announced Drive First at CTIA. Drive First is an Android application that restricts phones from performing potentially dangerous actions while the owner is driving.

Drive First will be available in the third quarter of this year at a cost of $2 per month. All Android phones on Sprint such as the Samsung Epic 4G and the upcoming HTC EVO 3D will be compatible with Drive First. If you have multiple Android phones with Sprint, you’ll still have to pay $2 for each individual phone Drive First runs on.

When Drive First is activated, it automatically redirects calls to voice mail. It also stops text messages from coming through by sending an away message to whoever sent the text. Users won’t be completely locked out of their phones though. They’ll still be able to use three applications such as GPS navigation, and can choose three numbers to call if necessary.

Via [Sprint]

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