446: The Smart Walkie-Talkie Helping Parents Manage Screen Addiction
Headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, Republic Wireless leverages the power of both WiFi and nationwide cellular networks and gives consumers the ultimate flexibility to manage costs. The service uses WiFi in the home, office or anywhere else as the primary network for calls, texts and data.
Recognized for offering the best basic plan by MONEY Magazine, a top pre-paid carrier choice by Consumer Reports and for excellence in user satisfaction by PC Mag, Republic Wireless is on a mission to provide remarkably simple and affordable ways to stay in touch with anyone, anywhere, in any way.
However, I invited Chris Chuang, the CEO of Republic Wireless onto the podcast to talk about two new devices, which are aimed at minimizing digital distraction and manage screen addiction. Relay is a smart walkie-talkie that celebrates adventure and encourages kids to leave their smartphone worries behind.
The smart walkie-talkie celebrates adventure and enables kids to leave their smartphones behind. Having recently watched Stranger Things on Netflix, I was instantly reminded how this mini walkie-talkie-like device is giving kids what I had—space to grow, explore, find friends and have fun. Free to wander without screens and tethers.
Chris also talks about another product called Anywhere Q. The carrier’s own hands-free, voice-activated speakerphone that is synced with your phone number.
Prior to joining Bandwidth, Chris led Corporate Development and Strategy for Motricity, a mobile content platform provider that raised nearly $500M of capital and powered billions of dollars of mobile content transactions for the wireless carriers. Earlier in his career, Chris worked in venture capital at Technology Crossover Ventures and in management consulting at McKinsey & Company.
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