The best part about this app is that even if the phone is on silent, a message sent through this app will give out a notification to the receiver. It will continue to notify the receiver until they acknowledge the message.
Unlike the era we grew up in, most kids today own a phone. Back in the day, even our parents probably owned a Nokia, so all we could do was play the legendary game of snakes on it. Phones today have way too many options, from different social media platforms to choose from, to have options galore for mobile gaming. Most parents hand out mobile phones to their children just so they can stay updated about their child's whereabouts and can also be informed about their plans. Most kids are also guilty of dodging their parents' calls and messages because they're probably too busy having a good time, but what do they know about the panic their parents' experience?
This is the story of dad Nick Herbert from the UK who had a really hard time getting his son Ben to respond to his messages. Necessity is the mother of all inventions and this is probably why dad Nick created an app called RespondASAP. Ben, who has a smartphone seems to have failed to respond to his father's messages, which prompted him to take matters into his own hand. The app Nick created locks their child's phone until they respond to a message from their father.
Nick took to the website to share his story with the world. It reads: Hi, my name is Nick This app was born out of personal frustrations with current messaging apps. I have a son, Ben, who is at secondary school. When he started secondary school I bought him a smartphone so that I could contact him and he could contact me (obviously not while at school). However, what I thought was a solution turned into a different problem. Because the phone was 'smart', he could play games and watch videos on it.
So invariably he keeps his phone on silent so I wouldn't know. As such when I try and contact him he rarely answers, either because he doesn't hear the phone, or because (and I've finally had to admit this to myself) he may be embarrassed to speak to his Dad in front of his friends. There are times that I need to get a message to him and he has no way of knowing that the call or text he ignores/doesn't see is important or not, and I have no way of knowing if he has seen it (and I mean really seen it and not just moved it so he can get on with his game).
There are messaging apps that tell you when a message is delivered and seen, but the point is the message can be ignored or not seen because he didn't hear it. So, RespondASAP®, is my solution to this problem. During the development process, I spoke to Ben and showed him the designs and thinking behind the app and he likes the idea because he will know that if he gets one of these messages then he will always hear it and will know its important. He will also have the ability to send me these messages - so there is a mutual understanding that using RespondASAP® is only for important things and not because he needs new batteries for his Xbox controller.
When speaking to my friends they could all see other 'grown up' uses for the app because the majority of them kept their phones on silent most of the time too. Their suggestions ranged from changing your order when your friend is getting the drinks in at the bar, to finding your phone when you've misplaced it at home, to work situations when you need to get hold of work colleagues quickly. However you want to use the app, I hope you enjoy it, use it responsibly and not while driving (you can tell I'm a parent) and can finally get hold of that person who always has their phone on silent.
The best part about this app is that even if the phone is on silent, a message sent through this app will give out a notification to the receiver. It will continue to notify the receiver until they acknowledge the message. No matter what they're doing on the phone, the notification will appear on the screen and block everything else until they respond to the message. There's also an option to give the sender location details of the receiver.
The only loophole here is that the message can't be delivered if the phone is switched off, but as soon as it is back on, it will be delivered to the phone. You can also schedule for a message to be sent at a later time. You will also get a notification for when the message has been read. Currently, they only have an android version, but they are working towards getting one for iOS, too!