446: The Smart Walkie-Talkie Helping Parents Manage Screen Addiction

Jan 22, 2018

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.

Tech Blog Writer Podcast

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.

In the vein of the internet, my friend recently got a new broadband quote from Usave and he saved so much money because of it. Because of their fantastic price comparison website, he got the best broadband deals around. It is worth checking out.

Useful Links

Tech Blog Writer Podcast Listen On SpotifyApple Podcast

2 Comments. Leave new

Jared Eldredge
January 30, 2018 4:20 pm

I’m very excited for this! I showed the video to my son (4.5 yrs old) and talked to him about it; I let him drive the conversation and he described all sorts of very positive ways he’d make use of it! I can’t wait to try this out – I hope it arrives soon!!

The article may need some editing though – it seems you’ve referred to the product as [Relay], [Anywhere HQ], and [Anywhere Q]. Which is it? I THINK it’s just the [Relay], and I suspect the other names were something they might have called it during development?

January 30, 2018 4:24 pm

Thanks for taking the time to comment Jared. Sorry for the confusion, we spoke about two products on the podcast.

1. Relay (Smart Walkie-Talkie)
2. Anywhere HQ (Smart speaker)

I will edit the post to make it a little clearer


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.