May 10, 2011
This week, GreatCall announced the nationwide availability of its mobile personal emergency response system (mPERS), called 5Star. GreatCall subscribers who use a Jitterbug J phone can add the 24/7 emergency service to their rate plan for an additional $14.99 per month. GreatCall acquired mPERS startup MobiWatch in November 2009, the all-stock deal for MobiWatch was valued at around $100,000, ...
August 25, 2010
GreatCall, which offers the easy-to-use Jitterbug mobile phone service has added two more mobile health offerings to its Services Store: Medication Reminder and Check in Call.
Jitterbug subscribers who sign up for the new $10-a-month medication reminder service will receive an automated phone call that reminds them to take a particular medication at a given time. The automated call isn't just one...
May 13, 2010
Qualcomm's Lifecomm is back and it has taken the form of a mobile personal emergency response offering.
Hughes Telematics, Qualcomm, and American Medical Alert announced a joint venture to deliver mobile health services called Lifecomm. Lifecomm, an entity formed with cash and in-kind contributions by the parties, will operate as a majority-owned subsidiary of HTI and plans to launch a mobile...
November 5, 2009
Jitterbug's acquisition of mobile personal emergency response system (M-PERS) start-up MobiWatch this week was demonstrative of a business model and device strategy that doesn't seem to work in today's wireless health market. MobiWatch's planned offering, MobiFob, was a key-chain with a button that connected via Bluetooth to the user's cell phone. When the MobiFob's button was pressed the user's...
November 4, 2009
GreatCall, parent company to Jitterbug, the easy-to-use mobile phone service for seniors and others looking for simple phone service, has acquired mobile personal emergency response services company MobiWatch for an undisclosed sum.
Waltham, MA-based MobiWatch offered a keychain device that included an emergency button, which activated a Bluetooth connection with their cell phone which then...