ReplyASAP is a new app built by a British dad who was tired of his messages going unanswered by his son.
Nick Herbert says it all started when his son Ben got a smartphone and the text messages and calls he made to him got missed a lot because “of social media notifications”. His solution? Take action by creating an app that takes over the recipient’s phone screen and sounds an alarm – and doesn’t stop until it is answered.
Below, Herbert with his son and a picture of the app.
Parents are told if their kids have seen their message and if the phone is turned off a message pending sign will show on the sender’s phone. Through the app, users can send a message that will be displayed over top of anything the recipient may be doing on their phone and sounds an alarm on the phone – even if it’s set to silent.
The recipient can then choose to reply, cancel the message, or snooze it, re-enabling the phone and sending a message back that lets the sender know the recipient’s location.
As soon as the message is viewed, the app also notifies the sender that their message has been seen.
ReplyASAP users can’t just send messages to anyone. Users need to have the app installed and connect their phone to a recipient
Multiple plans are available, allowing users to connect to anywhere from one to 20 users, for prices that range between $0.99 to $13.
Herbert launched the Android app 18-months ago and says more than 100,000 people have downloaded it. He acknowledges that some people may find the technology intrusive, but says it has actually improved his relationship with his son.
The app is currently only available for Android, but Herbert says he hopes to get it up on the Apple store soon.
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