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The ability to communicate with your kids when they’re away from home is crucial, but giving them a smartphone can come with a lot of headaches. If you want to be able to reach your kid at any time, but would still like to limit their screen time, the Relay Screenless Phone/Walkie Talkie & GPS Tracker is the perfect solution.
It’s on sale at Target right now for just $29.99. Regularly priced at $49.99, the “world’s first screen-free smartphone” lets kids talk like they’re using a walkie-talkie. You can talk back to them via the Relay app on your smartphone. Service is $9.99 per month, and there are no contracts, so you can cancel at any time if it’s not a fit.
The Relay comes with nationwide 4G and LTE coverage, and you can track your kid’s whereabouts via GPS tracking. It can also connect to WiFi. Because there’s no screen, you don’t have to worry about your child wasting the day away on YouTube. However, it does come with kid-friendly apps, such as music and the daily joke channel, which provides your child with a kid-friendly laugh each day.
The Relay is shock- and water-resistant, so no matter how rough and tumble your kid is, the device can handle it.
“It pinged reliably and I got a benchmark along the route so I saw where he was and how he got there,” Sherman Mason, a dad who tried out the Relay with his son Maximus, told My Fox 8 of the device’s GPS tracking feature.
The phone also allows kids to send an SOS signal if they’re in danger and need immediate help.
However, the Relay currently does not have any capability to notify or alert users that someone is trying to reach them — the voice simply comes through suddenly. Also, there is no way to leave messages. Engineers are currently working to resolve this issue with a voicemail system, though.
Do you need one of these for your kids? Now’s the time!