Prior to becoming a SAHD, for the last few years I was lucky to work with a great tech startup called Pubble and because of that I can see why the BigRedButton won a Vodafone award as well as being selected by Enterprise Ireland as a HPSU (High Potential Start Up).
It’s safe to say I’m now a fan.
So what is the BigRedButton?
The BigRedButton is a 24/7, one touch emergency situation service you access from your phone. Once you click the BigRedButton, you’re connected with a representative in 5 seconds.
Let me start by asking you a question about your children.
‘If your children found themselves in a dangerous situation, wouldn’t you give anything to make sure they were safe?’
Of course you would, it’s a stupid question, rhetorical in nature but deadly serious.
I tested the app last night and I can see the potential of it being on any phone. Being a parent, I specifically see it being extremely effective on children’s phones. My girls are only 4 & 1 so thankfully they are a long way off having their own mobiles but for children who have phones, I can see this app becoming essential kit.
For me, this app ticks many boxes but in particular:
- It provides reassurance for you personally and in addition for your children’s safety
- In the event of a serious situation, it will provide effective help by reaching the emergency services, identifying your location & connecting you to family or friends if required.
Being objective, I did ask myself ‘If one was in a serious situation, why would you not just call 999′?
I’m happy to be corrected in this but I’d imagine this is one of the challenges facing the team at BigRedButton – to change people’s mindset. But after using the app once (& I do mean once), I’m completely convinced of its benefits – even over a traditional call to 999 in the case of an emergency. Bold statement? Let me explain.
Just to be clear, I have the utmost respect for the Emergency Services. They are amazing people who do an unbelievable service day in, day out and they save lives. At the same time, I’m all for technology that enhances our safety in the event of trouble.
When you call the BigRedButton, they know who you are as your details are registered on their system during set up. This can clam you down in a situation. Secondly – and crucially – they know exactly where you are via GPS – even if you don’t (which is vital in the case of a serious incident).
While on the call they’ll ask you what your situation is and whether you need them to call any of the emergency services – police/ambulance/fire brigade or any of your added contacts.
When the app is downloaded, there is a prompt to add a number of contacts to your account. For most people, this will be your family &/or close friends. BigRedButton recommends adding between 3 & 6 contacts. This allows them to add your preferred contact to the call, without interruption. This means you don’t have to hang up and start searching for names & numbers when you are in a potentially dangerous situation & under pressure. Brilliant feature.
Now compare this to calling 999 and consider the following differences.
- 999 conversations can end before the emergency services get to you (this has happened to me when waiting for an ambulance when I had a heart attack scare, my wife had to call them back to see what was taking so long – not what you need in a situation, trust me) whereas BigRedButton will not hang up until you are 100% safe.
- 999 does not know your exact location as they are not using GPRS. Emergency services depend on your description of your location. What if you do not know where you are? If you are unsure, this will result in the emergency services taking much longer to reach you.
- 999 do not have the contact details of your wife / husband / friend (etc). This is not part of their remit and understandably so given the volumes they deal with.
- 999 cannot add your preferred contacts into your conversation meaning you would have to hang up from 999 to make/receive another call.
How much does it cost?
I wonder how many parents happily pay Spotify for their kids phones? Quite a lot I’d say at €/£10 p/m. Comparing that to €/£9.99 for 12 months seems pretty good value to me.
If/when you make a call, they are charged at €/£1.75 p/m. I can hear some people saying ‘Jesus, that’s fairly steep!’ But remember, ideally you hope you’ll never have to use it but if you or your loved ones do, it’s still a small price to pay for reassurance & safety.
BTW – The app is only available on iPhone. The Android version is in the pipeline.
BigRedButton Special Offer Time!!!
Thanks to the guys at BigRedButton you can sign up to their app for a ridiculous €/£4.99 !! A fiver for an annual subscription. A fiver?! This an absolute no-brainer guys.
To avail of this offer, simply go to this page now to take advantage. Do you know anyone who’ll benefit from this? If so, please share this with them so they can get connected and stay safe.
Lastly, this is an excellent video to show you how the app can benefit you or one of your family members if they get into a potentially dangerous situation.
Disclaimer: BigRedButton wavied all fees for me in return for this review.
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