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Ily phone lets kids make video calls without using the internet.

The internet allows us to keep in touch with friends and family. We all use the internet but for kids the internet can be a bit more of a risky and scary place. They can end up on the wrong websites, talking to strangers or downloading viruses, it's not good. The people behind a new product, Ily, think they have a way for kids to use all the good of the internet without all the bad. Ily works similarly to FaceTime, Skype, and WhatsApp, which is basically to say that it allows for video calling.

Insensi, the company behind the device, says the difference between its product and an app is how users are segmented off from the internet, which it thinks makes it ideal for kids. The "family phone" relies on Ily's app to make calls over Wi-Fi, and users can only call people who have already been added to their contacts.

By keeping the device focused on video calls, it's easy for older and younger users to learn, the company says. Although it clearly wants people to invest in the phones, it acknowledges that not everyone will, so Ily users can also call people with the free iOS or Android app on their phones. Owners can also rent a local phone number for their device to use it more as a landline for an unspecified fee. The Ily is available for preorder on Kickstarter starting May 10th and will eventually retail for $299 (£207).

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Category: What's New
Date: 12th May 2016
Ily phone lets kids make video calls without using the internet.

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