A Kid Cell Phone Alternative – Republic Wireless Launches Screen Free Relay with Focus on Simplicity, Safety, and Data Privacy

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Relay by Republic Wireless is a nationwide kid cell phone alternative that parents can trust and children love. It’s as simple to use as a walkie talkie and works everywhere in the United States.

A kid's first phone might not be a phone at all - the screen free Relay by Republic Wireless works a lot like a walkie talkie but with far wider range across the country.

A kid's first phone might not be a phone at all - the screen free Relay by Republic Wireless works a lot like a walkie talkie but with far wider range across the country.

We decided to build the product that we as parents wished we had in our own families. Something categorically different that is built “kid-up” vs. “adult-down” with bold design choices such as preventing screen addiction - by eliminating the screen altogether.

Republic Wireless today launched Relay, a nationwide kid cell phone alternative aimed at children ages six - eleven for whom parents don’t want to give a smartphone yet, but need an easy and affordable way to stay in touch. As simple to use as a walkie talkie with a one button push-to-talk feature, Relay offers unlimited range and is intended to give parents peace of mind, while offering fun voice features for children.

Relay is a 2” x 2” screenless smart device powered by both WiFi and 4G LTE so it works in the back yard, down the street, and even across the country – everywhere a cell phone works. Designed with kids in mind, Relay is durable, water resistant and boasts all-day battery life. The free Relay app for both iOS and Android smartphones allows parents to use their existing phones and tablets to communicate with their child’s Relay.

Republic Wireless's commitment to ensuring the privacy and digital safety of Relay users was a top priority during the product’s development. Relay leverages the industry-leading privacy guidance and expertise of Common Sense, the nation's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. As a result, Relay provides a safe online experience for families, including not storing or selling any customer data. In addition to these measures to ensure families' privacy and safety, Republic Wireless will also donate a portion of its proceeds from Relay to support the education and digital citizenship efforts of Common Sense.

“The mission of Relay is deeply personal for our team,” said Republic Wireless co-founder and CEO Chris Chuang. “As the father of four young children, like many parents, I struggle with balancing the benefits of technology in my kids’ lives with the endangering screen addiction and other challenges that come along with it. So, we decided to build the product that we as parents wished we had in our own families. Something categorically different that is built “kid-up” vs. “adult-down” with bold design choices such as preventing screen addiction - by eliminating the screen altogether.”

“Most of all though - Relay is about bringing fun, peace of mind, and perhaps a bit of nostalgia back into our children’s lives. Despite all the technology innovation we see every day, when it comes to our children, many parents have valid concerns that aren’t being adequately addressed by the industry. Nobody is getting all the parts right. Given our unique software, hardware and extensive network know how, we are in a rare position to introduce a much needed fix to this underserved and growing problem in our world,” Chuang adds.

“Relay works much like a walkie talkie except with far greater range. The device includes ‘channels’ which with one touch, will allow access to an evolving set of features including music and games. We plan to introduce new channels in the coming months that bring new features and experiences to Relay,” Chuang said.

Starting today, Relay is on sale at http://www.RelayGo.Com. Prices range from $99 for one device to $199 for three Relays and service is $6.99 per month, per Relay.

About Republic Wireless

Headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, Republic Wireless is a team of innovators who live to provide families with remarkably simple, affordable, and safe ways to stay in touch. Most well-known for pioneering WiFi calling for smartphones and saving customers over $500 million off their cell phone bills, Republic recently announced Relay, a nationwide cell phone alternative that kids love and parents can trust. The company has been recognized as a top carrier choice by Consumer Reports; best basic plan by Money magazine and for excellence in customer service by PC Magazine.

Visit http://www.RelayGo.com and http://www.RepublicWireless.com for more information. Relay Media resource center here.

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