Meet Republic Anywhere : Our FREE Texting App is here!

Hey Everyone,

We’re pumped to bring you the latest service we’ve been testing with our members. Starting today, Republic Anywhere, our new product that allows you to send messages from any device* is available for all Republic members…for free! You read that right, Anywhere is absolutely FREE if you have a phone number with Republic. We’re sticking to our commitment to provide remarkably simple ways to keep in touch with the people who matter most to you without breaking the bank. Get started with Anywhere by downloading the app below, or read on to find out more about this awesome new service.

Download Anywhere

Here’s how it works

With Anywhere installed, you can:
  • Send and receive text messages from your computer, using your phone number, just like you do on your phone.
  • Sync all your messages & contacts across devices, so all your messages are with you…no matter what device you are using.
  • De-stress those moments when you don’t have your phone. Since Anywhere works like another phone, you can stay in touch when your actual phone is lost (out of battery, or flew off the roof of your car…which has happened 🙂 )
View a walkthrough of the app:

Why we built Anywhere

We built Anywhere because it solves a common problem, one that most of us don’t think about.  When you use Gmail, Facebook, and Netflix, you expect it to be the same on every device, but there isn’t a good way get your calls and messages on any device. For something as important as your calls and messages, we thought there should be a solution. We tried some of the apps on the market, and most were unreliable, complex, or served up ads.  That’s why we built Anywhere, to solve this problem.

During the BETA, we found even more reasons people love this idea:

“Being able to communicate through desktop using my phone contacts lets me stay in better contact with people than I’d imagined.” – Mike
“I’m able to respond to texts more quickly—I don’t have to worry about having my phone on me all the time.” – Aaron
“The Anywhere app has been much more responsive because it’s not going through the additional layer of an outside application.” – Daryl
“Sometimes when I’m working I’m not able to have my cell phone with me. Being able to have it on the computer, and being able to identify when someone sends me a text has been an awesome benefit.” – John
“Sometimes I find that, even if I’m originally on my phone, I’ll intentionally switch to my computer so I can type out longer messages.” – Javier
“It’s very intuitive and offers everything you can do on a phone, with a little more freedom—plus access to a keyboard and all the files on your computer.” – Mike
“My phone went amphibious a few days ago. Republic Anywhere app has been a lifesaver allowing me to keep up with various text threads as well as giving me access to thread histories.” – Chris

What’s coming up next

  • Support for Android Tablets, iPads & iPhone, so you can install Anywhere on more of your devices
  • Calling and voicemail within Anywhere, so you can make/take calls on all your devices, just like you do with your smartphone.
  • More feedback, so we need your input to help drive upcoming releases of anywhere.

Lastly, I want to give credit where credit’s due – to the over 1,000 Republic members who have helped us make Anywhere better during our BETA.  We couldn’t have done it without you! We took your feedback to our (awesome) Republic Engineering team, who turned the ideas into reality.  We’ve already begun making Anywhere better in future releases.  Questions? Visit our Community or comment below.


*iOS and Android tablet support coming soon

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  • ShizzleMayne

    This is a nice feature!

  • Jon Greif

    Hi Jon, and congratulations from a happy Beta tester. My suggestion is encrypting Anywhere, along the lines of Signal ( Keep up the great work and best regards.

    • Mace Moneta

      We just use Signal for texting. Web-based and Android.

    • Shannon O

      Hi Jon! Thanks for the feedback, I’ll be sure to pass it along. Glad to hear you’re enjoying Anywhere 🙂

  • Mace Moneta

    We use Linux exclusively. Google Voice and Hangouts use a web-based interface, so they’re OS agnostic.

    • Justin

      They realize that people use Linux and they will work to eventually get it. However, it’s not there yet. See this discussion:

      • Mace Moneta

        It just seems like a web interface would have allowed a unified implementation with less development resource.

    • Shannon O

      Justin is correct! Are you a Community member? If not, feel free to sign up and join the conversation in our forums.

      • Mace Moneta

        Yes Shannon, we’ve been RW customers since the first waves.

        • Shannon O

          Nice! Thanks for sticking with us all this time!

    • juandoh

      I didn’t realize this was such an old article. I found the link below for the “app” for Linux and had no luck with the installation. I might try un-installing and re-installing the “app” to see if it will work.

      I would prefer a web based messaging system as well instead of having install something else on my computer.

  • Me

    Anywhere–just another attempt to divert attention from your almost non-existent cell service. Instead of adding these virtually worthless toys, why don’t you just improve your cell and customer service (also almost non-existent).

  • S.W. Anderson

    Terrific idea; I want it! I especially look forward to being able to make phone calls using a desktop or laptop. I’ll have to download and install Anywhere on my phone and desktop later because I’m on my *Chromebook* now. I *really* hope you will develop a version for Chromebooks soon.

    • Colorado Mike

      Another request for a chromebook extension–90% of my time is on a chromebook.

      • Tony Rus

        2nd the request for an extension. (i.e., plug-in) At work the IT folks prevent an downloading of an .EXE let alone the ability to install an .EXE. Make it like WebEx install.

      • Michael Weil

        Yes…those of use with multi OS need this. I have Chromebook, Android, Windows and Linux systems….

  • Scott Nicholson Kurland

    Linux, argh.

  • Gerry Singer

    I use Google Voice on my phone. I have never given my real number to anyone, I don’t even know what it is. Will this program allow me to utilize my Google Voice number rather than the phones assigned number?

    • Shannon O

      Hi Gerry, this service only works with your Republic Wireless phone number.

  • Jeffrey C Jones

    Definitely also need a web-only version, with persistent state on the server! (like slack, hangouts, spotify, etc ,etc) Then it would work on iOS, Linux, and any other platform already…

    • Shannon O

      Hi Jeffrey, this is only the beginning of Anywhere! We are going to making more improvements as time goes on, and adding new features.

      • Jeffrey C Jones

        Thanks for the response Shannon, hope you have a web version in the works or plans to do so. On the plus side, Anywhere has been working great for me so far on Windows – left it running overnight and it’s still responsive, and doesn’t seem to be a resource hog. Keep up the good work guys!

    • Big O

      I think that’s a great idea Jeff! AirDroid has both a local client that you can install and a web-based version. Something I’m sure the team at RW is aware of.

      Either way…this is a great addition to the awesome service they provide.

  • g h

    As another happy beta tester I think it would be good to make the text update process happen a little more in the background so you don’t get a ton of notifications when you turn on the computer.

    • Shannon O

      Thanks for your feedback, I’ll be sure to pass it along!

  • Big O

    Bravo Team!

    I use AirDroid to send SMS messages but the one thing I really don’t like is how it doesn’t allow me to send GROUPED SMS messages. With Anywhere…the problem is solved! I also love the Anywhere app on my Android. It’s so simple yet effective!

    Yet again…another reason why I love you peeps!!!!!!

  • Bob Zdanky

    Will Anywhere eventually work on Chrome OS? Don’t use a Windows desktop or laptop.

  • Chuckles Guitard

    The concept is great! App was not compatible with my Republic moto e1stgen, what are min requirements for phone app?

  • Navin Patel

    Does the on Windows 10 PC?

    • Shannon O

      Hi Navin, we are aware of an issue where the Anywhere app is not showing available on some Android devices and are working on a fix, thanks for your patience.

  • Navin Patel

    How exacdo I use the app on Windows 10 PC? Please help. Thanks.

  • Pauline Mischio

    Downloaded on Windows 10, sent link to my Moto X Pure edition and it’s telling me my device isn’t compatible!!!!!

    • Shannon O

      Hi Pauline, we are aware of an issue where the Anywhere app is not showing available on some Android devices and are working on a fix, thanks for your patience.

  • mark

    Video messaging?

    • Shannon O

      Hi Mark, you can send video text messages with the app.

  • {{{Fish{{{

    I installed Anywhere on my PC, Win 10, logged in and then it gave me:
    Not quite ready yet.
    Code: RA-401 Unauthorized service line.
    It never gave me a chance to select a telephone line.

    • Shannon O

      Hi, we are aware of an issue where the Anywhere app is not showing available on some Android devices and are working on a fix, thanks for your patience.

  • Lauren Liblick

    Is there going to be an option to use this software on Chromebooks?

    • Dojo Roda

      Another request for CHROME…MUST HAVE

  • vjman

    Is there a way to easily create contacts from the numbers that text me?

  • Dean Holden

    I used this app for about 2 weeks, and had many issues with the Windows app and the Android app. Windows app would not connect or sync with phone at times. Android app would not send messages at times even after multiple re-sends, yet when I switched back to my original message app it sent with no problem. I feel like it wasn’t really ready for prime-time. I’m hoping it will be get better. I am now back to my original texting app and MightyText on my laptop 🙁

  • rodak

    While you’re at it, since you’re providing a new SMS app, would you consider adding a blacklist feature?

    • grae_bird

      Please!! a blacklist/block would be great

  • Mike Smith

    Still waiting for the Android tablet version

  • Bill W

    Chrome/Firefox support is essential. Linux support would be a bonus.and shouldn’t be hard to port from Android.

  • trenshod

    Not seeing any reason to switch from Mightytext. Appears to do the same thing if not better.

    • Daniel Alexander

      Might text doesn’t always work well. When I used it the texts would only rarely show up and would never send despite all the other notifications working properly.

  • Steve Diamond

    I also use Linux and Chromebooks. (I wonder whether there’s a correlation between cost-conscious Republic Wireless users and cost-conscious Linux and/or Chromebook computer users?)

    With the Pushbullet Chrome extension, I can already send and receive text messages on all my computers, and they continue to be stored in one place (on my phone). Pushbullet also supports SMS attachments, inter-device messaging, file transfers, and more.

    A softphone allowing calls to be placed and answered from the computer would be interesting, but with the current feature set I don’t feel I’m missing anything compelling.

  • disqus_hTrKtjRPCI

    need to have it upload photos to pc like mightytext. until that feature is available i’m sticking with mightytext

  • John Jamerson

    I love the new Anywhere app. I have it on my phone and desktop. Having all my texts synced where I can access them on my desktop is import and a great time saver. No longer do I have to reach for my phone to answer a client’s text. I can do it quickly from my desktop. And, suffering from Quadriplegia, sending and receiving my client’s texts on my desktop makes it much easier for me to quickly respond to them. I probably have them baffled as to how I respond so quickly now. 🙂

  • Zaak OConan

    I just installed this. I’m replacing MightyText.
    Several advantages:
    1: Access to my full texting history. Including back past my latest reset! MT only would go back a little while.
    2: I don’t have to have my phone on! I shut off at night.
    3: no message limit! MT was 200 a month. (free version)

    No problems, so far.
    Thanks RW! You’ve done it again!

  • Zach Fry

    Is support for Chromebooks planned? My wife’s MotoX on the refund plans is on it’s last leg but we love the $10 phone bill so not planning to upgrade to clear choice plans at this time. SMS never seems to work quite right and the ability to use her Chromebook (her primary device) for SMS would be excellent!

  • Rob Geist

    Will there be a version in development for the kindle tablets since they do not have access to the play store?

  • George P Mead

    I couldn’t get this app to install in W7 Pro. Republic Anywhere. I’ll send my error log if you like.

  • Mike Rodriguez

    I like the app. Very handy. One thing that I’m puzzled about, though, is that it seems to be impossible to delete conversations on one device and have that change then sync on others. e.g. If I delete a conversation on my phone, the conversation still shows on the Anywhere app on my laptop. Unless I’ve missed something, this is a feature that would make it more convenient…

  • grae_bird

    It would be great to sync Messenger too…. probably not possible, but I have some people I can only contact via Messenger, some only via text. It’d be wonderful to have them all centralized