IRN Launch Phone Home for Free 'Rescue' Service for Youngsters

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New research from Independent Radio News ("IRN") suggests that two thirds of all parents with children using their own mobile phones worry about them being unable to contact home in an emergency situation because they have no credit left on the mobile. In response to this, IRN is launching a new “rescue” service called 68700 - The Phone Home Number, to ensure that in any difficult situation youngsters can always call home for free with or without credit.

Call Home for Free Service for Youngsters - 68700

Youngster dismayed to realise she is unable to call home in an emergency

68700 gives parents peace of mind their children can always call them in an emergency day or night, credit or no credit.

Two thirds of all parents with children using their own mobile phones worry about them being unable to contact home in an emergency situation because they have no credit left on the mobile.

The major worries were revealed in a research programme commissioned by IRN which provides news and sports programming for almost 300 UK commercial radio stations and operates directory enquiry and information services under the Maureen brand.

The research of 500 parents of children with top-up cards and 350 youngsters aged 17 and under with their own phones showed that 42 per cent of parents were very concerned and 64 per cent fairly concerned about the dangers to children in this scenario. A surprising 74 per cent of all respondents with experience of this situation said it had happened at least twice in the last year.

This month IRN is launching a new “rescue” service called 68700 - The Phone Home Number, to ensure that in any difficult situation youngsters can always call home for free with or without credit. Parents pay £3 per month on their telephone bill and their children then dial a single number 68700 for direct calls home. They also have the option of calling either their mum or dad in separated families. See the 68700 YouTube channel.

IRN Managing Director Tim Molloy said: “Our research reveals running out of credit is a serious safety concern for both parents and their children. 68700 gives parents peace of mind their children can always call them in an emergency day or night, credit or no credit. It also encourages kids to stay in touch at other times since they are not paying for the call.”

Customers subscribe to the service by texting SAFE to 68700 for a fee of £3 a month. Customers similarly can unsubscribe by texting STOP to 68700 at any time.

Notes to Editors:
The service is a joint venture between IRN and Jersey Telecom - a company wholly owned by the State of Jersey – who are a Tier 1 Telco earning over £100 Million a year from non-Jersey operations.

About IRN
Established since 1973 IRN supplies virtually all of the UK commercial radio market with national and international news feeds – nearly 300 stations. The service includes hourly news bulletins 24/7 in addition to regular feeds of news cuts, cues and scripts, programme packages covering main news, sport, showbiz, money and environment. In March 2009 Sky News Radio won the contract to become the lead supplier of the IRN service, providing a round the clock comprehensive radio news and web content packages.
See http://www.irn.co.uk for more.

About Jersey Telecom
JT is part of the JT Group, an innovative and progressive communications enabler based in the Channel Islands providing world-class products and solutions to a diverse client base of business and retail customers. JT Group’s product range encompasses all the products and services expected from a cutting edge provider from Voice and Data, Consultancy, Co-Location, Internet, Security, Mobile and Support Services and are widely recognised as the largest provider of data hosting services in the Channel Islands. JT has evolved to be a leading provider in roaming services.
See http://www.jtglobal.com for more.

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