Tuesday, 30 June 2020 09:58

Vodafone to sell Spacetalk kids' smartwatch

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School communications specialist MGM Wireless has struck a deal that will see its Spacetalk children's smartwatch appear in Vodafone stores.

Already available from retailers including JB Hi-Fi, The Good Guys, Officeworks, Kogan, and Harvey Norman, Spacetalk is slated to arrive at Vodafone stores in early August.

The plan is to bundle Spacetalk with Vodafone's Red Wearable plan, the details of which are well hidden on Vodafone's web site but appears to cost $10 a month plus device instalments. Since the watch costs around $290 at other outlets, that would make the cost approximately $34 a month over 12 months.

A $5.99 subscription to the AllMyTribe app is also required. AllMyTribe allows parents to control who their child can communicate with, and to see their children's location in real time as well as where they have been.

Spacetalk is already sold by mobile network operators Spark in New Zealand and Sky Mobile in the UK.

"We are delighted to have signed this Agreement with Vodafone," said MGM Wireless CEO Mark Fortunatow.

"For the first time, Australian parents will be able to purchase Spacetalk with a mobile plan for one affordable monthly fee. It's a simple, one-stop solution to keep kids safe and families connected."

Vodafone head of devices Ian Walls said "The Spacetalk watch is a natural fit for Australian families and we are proud to be the first Australian telco to partner with MGM Wireless to bring this innovative device to the market."

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