AT&T jumps into health-monitoring biz with EverThere

The carrier is offering a mobile personal-emergency-response system that goes off if a senior citizen falls down.


AT&T wants to be there for the elderly when they fall down.

The Dallas-based telecommunications giant has unveiled its AT&T EverThere service, a mobile personal-emergency-response system that comes in the form of a device that goes off if the person has a sudden fall. The device would be used to ensure senior citizens get adequate help if they fall or have an accident.

AT&T EverThere is part of the company's push into the health care industry and is part of its expanded connected devices business. The company has been moving into different areas as growth in its core smartphone business has started to slow.

The EverThere device is small and wearable, and allows for two-way communication to a call center for assistance and GPS location service to aid first responders in locating the person. If a fall occurs, the device can automatically contact the call center. It costs $100 with an 11-month contract, or $200 with no contract, and has a monthly service charge of $29.99.