In April we told you all about our big plans for 2016. While we know everyone is most interested in what new phones we’ll be offering we’re excited to have launched two big pieces of the 2016 puzzle already.
1. Device Financing
We launched device financing with a partner called Affirm. This will allow well qualified buyers to spread the cost of a device over 6, 12, or 18 months (10-30% APR) if they don’t want to pay it all upfront.
2. Adaptive Coverage™ enabled with Bonded Calling™
We announced and delivered our next generation of WiFi Calling Technology- Bonded Calling™, as part of our broader portfolio of calling technology called Adaptive Coverage™. You can read more about it here, but the takeaway is that this tech improves call quality by weaving together WiFi and cellular networks simultaneously.
Additionally, we made customer requested improvements to our new account portal capabilities with number transfer and downloadable calling and text records. Finally, we’re still working with our partners to update the Moto E (1st Gen) device to Android Lollipop. We’ve been posting our updates here. We apologize for the delay and we’re working hard to bring this last device up to date.
We’re really excited about the coming few months for Republic and we’re eager to share more details with everyone. Stay tuned to our blog, email and social channels as we’ll be communicating on a regular cadence about new developments!
New in April
Phone & Service Related:
- Device Financing
- Enhanced WiFi Calling (Bonded Calling™ as part of Adaptive Coverage™)
- Account Portal Features (Number Transfer & Downloadable Call & Text Records)
In-Progress Items to Improve your Experience:
(due to the more complex nature of these items, no official timing is set nor is delivery guaranteed, but they are being worked on regularly):
Smaller Scope Items:
- MMS Interoperability with Cricket
Larger Scope Items:
- Multi-Device Experience
- Next Generation Device
- New Carrier Experience
- Android Lollipop 5.1 Moto E (1st Gen.)