We love this handy little phone....BUT



The only downer is that the app has to be open to hear my daughter call me. This is my only negative thing I have found. It really needs to be fixed. Hugh issue.


This has been discussed a few times. This works this way because of the way audio channels on the phones work. For Republic to “stream” audio constantly, it would have to grab and hold the audio channel, preventing you from using it for anything else and fundamentally changing the way the app works. Phone operating systems work this way so an app can’t suddenly and without warning start playing an audio advertisement or other possible such actions.

Republic recently added the feature that the app holds the channel for 1 minute after exiting.

In addition, your daughter can hold down the volume button to send you a channel alert, and let you know she wants to talk to you. You can then open the app to speak with her.


Hey folks - Thanks for the thoughts and feedback…keep it coming. I just wanted to affirm that we are working on a few solutions to this problem. Stay tuned.


This request is the top voted feature in Ideas and Feedback and the recent change gets closer to solving the problem. Why was 60 seconds chosen for the background monitoring? If the background timer was user configurable instead of fixed at 60 seconds this request would probably be met.

It would be even better to be able to toggle monitoring from a persistent notification. Thanks for the continued development on solutions.



Hi everyone, I love the idea of Relay, it is quite practical when you want to communicate with your child without involving a cell phone.

The only drawback I have found is not being able to communicate with my kid when the application is inactive; could not there be a way in which messages can be saved?

Thanks for the great work that you are developing! I just think that this would make Relay more practical than already is.