AT&T has an App that will curb your urge to text and drive. Tammy Johnson from the City Creek Center AT&T store came on GTU to show us how it works.
You can download DriveMode from Google Play, AT&T AppCenter and Blackberry AppWorld. Just type in AT&T DriveMode in the search box.
At this time, AT&T DriveMode is available for AT&T Android and BlackBerry users. At this time it is not available for iPhone or other non-SmartPhone devices, but AT&T experts are looking for opportunities to expand its availability.
Users are charged for the text auto-replies, but AT&T says most of their customers have unlimited texting plans, including about eight in 10 of the smartphone customers who can download the app.
AT&T is offering the application for free for its BlackBerry and Android wireless customers. Data and text messaging charges may apply for download and app usage.
Here's how DriveMode works... once downloaded and set-up, the app will turn on automatically once your vehicle starts moving 25 miles per hour. Then anyone who tries to text or email will receive an auto reply message telling them you're currently driving and will get back to them soon.
When the app is turned on, all calls will automatically be sent to voicemail; however, the user can identify five numbers that can always be called, and 911 calls are always allowed.
When setting up the app, the user has the option to select one navigation and one music app that can be accessed while DriveMode is turned on.
While enabled, depending on your device, the app also stops incoming sounds for texts, emails and voice calls - so you're less tempted to grab your phone.
The app automatically turns off once the vehicle is going less than 25 miles per hour for 5 minutes and then the user can view the calls, messages and emails as they normally would.
AT&T provides this application to its customers for free. (Note: Standard data and text messaging charges may apply for download and app usage.) Several other wireless providers, on the other hand, charge a monthly fee for applications that block incoming text messages.
AT&T DriveMode also gives customers the flexibility to customize a personal auto-reply message and identify five contacts who can always call and be called while DriveMode is operating. Additionally, customers can choose to have music and navigation apps enabled while AT&T DriveMode is on.
Because DriveMode utilizes GPS, you will notice some degradation on the battery life. However, AT&T has done everything possible to lessen this impact.
For more information on DriveMode, please visit: http://www.att.com/gen/press-room?pid=2964