Low-cost mobile phone service provider, Republic Wireless, is taking aim at smartphone addiction with two new family-friendly devices, called the Relay and Anywhere HQ. The Relay is a “smart walkie-talkie”, while Anywhere HQ is a voice-activated smart speaker phone “designed for communications first”.
Relay is a screenless mobile device built to give families a safe and fun way to stay connected with each other and close friends, but without the risk associated with open access to the Internet. This smart “walkie talkie” connects instantly over both 4G LTE and WiFi networks so it works in the back yard, down the street or even across the country. Relay also gives parents the ability to locate their children via a companion app for both Android and iOS devices. Relay is durable, water-resistant and includes Google Assistant, music, and games providing fun and learning for kids.
Part of Republic’s Anywhere product-line, HQ is a voice-activated smart speaker phone designed for communications first. Enabled with Google Assistant, HQ also allows you to make and receive phone calls, dial 9-1-1 and seamlessly extends your mobile phone number into a speaker that keeps you connected but not tethered to your smartphone. Unlike other smart speakers, HQ is mobile – lift off the dock and it works like a phone and allows private conversations. It has 4G LTE connectivity and several day battery life, allowing you to go beyond WiFi while staying connected.