I’m Chris, the CEO and Co-Founder of Republic Wireless. If you haven’t already heard, I’m excited to share with you that Republic Wireless will soon be launching our new product, Relay, a device that gives families, a safer way to stay in touch. It’s as simple to use as a walkie-talkie, but works wherever a cell phone works, includes location tracking, and will in the upcoming months have other fun features such as music, games, and voice assistant functionality.
While that hopefully sounds relevant and intriguing to you, I’m sure some folks are wondering why we decided to build Relay. Let me explain.
Republic was born in 2011 with a mission to provide remarkably simple and affordable ways for families to stay in touch. We pursued this mission by harnessing the power of two of America’s largest cellular networks AND the largest, fastest, free network all around us: WiFi. Over the last 6.5 years, thanks to your trust in us, we’ve been able to save our hundreds of thousands of members over $500 million off their cell phone bills.
In 2014, we began to see a need emerging in our families, and in the market at large, for solutions that were safer as well as simpler. While we love the benefits smartphones bring, they’ve introduced dangers as well—especially for our children. Screen addiction, cyber-bullying, contact from strangers… all emerge or amplify the moment you give your child a smartphone. But for parents wanting to stay in touch as their children explore the world around them, what were the alternatives?
So we expanded our mission. We set out to create remarkably simple, affordable, AND safe communication solutions that would meet the needs of the whole family. We challenged ourselves to design “kid up” vs. “adult down,” and “safety first” vs. “just safe enough.” It had to be fun for kids. And be smart on the inside, but with a super-simple exterior that could survive outdoor play and not distract from it.
We questioned every convention. Do you really need phone numbers to communicate with your family? Do all calls need to be two-way, or should they be more like texts? Can we build a solution so simple that it doesn’t need a screen—and thereby eliminate screen dangers?
Nearly four years and countless iterations later, we’re proud to present Relay: built from passion, hard work, diverse talents, and the belief that we could create the missing product our own families needed. We see Relay as an excellent complement to our existing Republic Wireless services, allowing us to offer families a solution that is safer, simpler, and more affordable than smartphone service for younger children in particular. Across all of our products, Republic’s goal is to march on and grow the savings we deliver to our members from over $500 million to over $1 billion, while providing them with the best experience for families.
I want to thank you for being a part of Republic Wireless. Your enthusiasm, patience, support, and feedback have fueled and shaped who we are and what we do. Please don’t ever stop giving us feedback on ways we can better serve you. I want to hear from you, answer any questions you have moving forward, and offer you the opportunity to be the first to know when Relay is available for you and your family. Just click the link below to sign up for updates and comment below with your questions.