AT&T replacing Samsung’s Kids Mode feature with a paid alternative?

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Last updated: October 17th, 2014 at 11:43 UTC+01:00

The Galaxy S5 brought along quite an important feature to Samsung’s already feature-packed TouchWiz UX in the form of Kids Mode, which allows users to hand out their devices to their little ones after limiting what they can access. Kids Mode later made its feature to other Samsung devices, including the Galaxy Tab 4 tablets, but it seems US carrier AT&T has been removing the feature on the LTE version of the Galaxy Tab 4 that it sells to consumers. We’ve been tipped off by someone who wishes to remain anonymous that AT&T is removing Kids Mode from these tablets and replacing them with an app called Famingo, a similar app available on the Play Store that requires a $4.99 monthly subscription to unlock all features.

The problem here is apparently that Samsung used to advertise Kids Mode as one of the key selling points of the Galaxy Tab 4 LTE models on its website, but after our source filed a complaint with the FTC and the FCC, the Korean manufacturer no longer lists the feature. That isn’t true, since Kids Mode is still listed on Samsung’s pages for the LTE models of the Galaxy Tab 4, though the feature does show up only after you click on the More Features tab on the site. Since we don’t have access to AT&T’s variant of the Galaxy Tab 4, we can’t really be sure if our tipster is right, though it doesn’t sound too far-fetched given carriers in the US have previously removed features from other Samsung devices, including Download Booster on the Galaxy S5.

Have any of you who bought an LTE model of the Galaxy Tab 4 from AT&T noticed that Kids Mode is missing and has been replaced by Famingo?

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