Ultimate Communication Software Ltd, the creators behind the Red Panic Button app, is a UK-based company. As a group of IT experts, the company wanted to create a global application to improve the quality of life and to potentially save lives. The company created the Red Panic Button mobile phone application which allows users to create an extensive contact list which will be contacted via text message, email, or Tweet whenever you are in distress. The application provides a Google Maps link to your location upon pressing the red button.

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While the application is easy to download and simple to use, it is important to understand that this is not your traditional medical alert device. The company does not have trained medical professionals on hand to assist you in an emergency. The app’s purpose is to notify your contact list who can then take action on your behalf.

The Good

  • Multiple message options
  • Send pictures and videos
  • Easy to use

Multiple Message Options

Red Panic Button functions by allowing you to push the red button on the app and notifying your contact list of your location through a Google Maps link. This is done through an SMS panic message but there are also additional options such as sending an e-mail, tweeting on Twitter, or sharing a post on Facebook. By increasing your options, it is hoped that at least someone will be able to respond to your call for help.

Send Pictures and Videos

The mobile application allows you to increase your distress signal by allowing you to send a picture or a short video and attach it to an email message to your contact list. You even have the ability to record a 10 second distress message which can help provide additional context to your situation in addition to your specific location.

Easy to Use

Because the service is offered in an easy to download, application format, a user guide is not necessary nor is a professional salesman to further explain Red Button App features. The service is fairly intuitive and simple.

The Bad

  • In-app purchases
  • Lack Professional monitoring or assistance
  • Missing pricing details

In-App Purchases

The Red Panic Button app is a free mobile application available for Android and iPhone devices. While free, customers complain that every vital aspect of the service comes with $6 – $7 in-app purchase charges. Some customers agree that the upgraded version is worth the low cost.

Lack Professional Monitoring or Assistance

The downside of the Red Panic Button app is that it does not have a call center on standby to receive your distress call. The mobile app functions on your alerting your contact list through pressing the red button. It is up to your friends and family members on your contact list to come to your aide. This might not be the most effective method if you are experiencing a high-alert emergency where you’d prefer to have authorities notified immediately. The company also does not have medical staff on hand to advise you in an emergency.

Missing Pricing Details

In order to know how much the Red Panic Button mobile app will set you back, you will need to download a free version of the app. Customers share in online reviews that the upgrades, which are vital to the primary function of the service, ranges from $6 to $7. It is not understood if multiple upgrades are essential or if a contract or monthly agreement is necessary.

The Bottom Line

Red Panic Button is a simple application that can be used discretely in a distressing or emergency situation. It is fairly intuitive which makes it suitable for all ages and technological abilities. It includes many alert options such as text messaging, emails, and Tweets, however, it is assumed these come at an additional cost or upgrades and not with the free version. With the upgraded version, you also have the ability to add an extensive contact list to ensure someone will respond in the event of an emergency.

However, if you are looking for professional medical monitoring and advice in an emergency, you may want to consider other options. Also, if you dislike the idea of in-app purchases in order to get the full experience of Red Panic Button, then other alert services should be considered.



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