Alcatel OneTouch is a company known for its share of smartphones such as the Idol 3, but the company is back to enter into the kid wearable market with its new CareTime smartwatch for children. This isn’t the first kid smartwatch we’ve seen, and other manufacturers such as LG have already entered this space, but the CareTime kid smartwatch offers what you’d expect of kid smartwatches these days.
What does the Alcatel OneTouch CareTime provide? First, among other things, it provides 2G data connectivity so as to allow your child to make and receive incoming phone calls on his or her wrist. This means you can call your child whenever you need to throughout the day to check on him or her. Of course, this isn’t 3G connectivity (at least), so we don’t know how reliable phone calls will be.
Next, the Alcatel OneTouch CareTime kid smartwatch provides in-built GPS so that you can track your children, wherever they are, by way of Alcatel’s own CareTime app. What makes this GPS tracking so special is that Alcatel OneTouch says you can track your children with its app, regardless of whether they’re outdoors or indoors. Parents can also designate their child(ren)’s contacts, with only 10 contacts being allowed for the child on the smartwatch. Parents have control over which 10 contacts are on the calling list, with Alcatel helping parents control who their child or children are calling throughout the day.
Alcatel OneTouch went ahead and announced this prior to the start of CES 2016, but it’s nice to see more players entering the kid smartwatch space. The truth of the matter is that children want to do what they see their parents doing, and if parents are using smartwatches, then it stands to reason that children want a smartwatch on their wrists, too. There's no word on pricing currently.