August: What’s New and What’s in the Works

We started August in the midst of our second Republic Lab, project Salsa. It focused on extending our voice technology to allow for seamless cellular to WiFi handover and was a big success! We began rolling it out to all capable phones in late August and so far the results have far exceeded the 3% voice offload improvement we estimated from the lab. We’ll take that extra savings and keep plowing it back into making your customer experience better and your savings opportunities even greater.

We also launched our online marketplace for purchasing Pre-Owned Republic Devices. A quick check-in as of this writing shows we’re sold out of all phone models, but if you’re interested, check back often as we’ll restock the virtual shelves as our supplies allow.

Most importantly, we are hard at work on a few issues that popped up for some of our members in August that we’re taking very seriously. For the latest on the Stagefright Android vulnerability, Lollipop 5.1 updates for all Gen. 1 Moto phones and timelines for each device, check out this recent post. And, for an even deeper look into what goes into a major OS update like Lollipop, check out our in depth post Behind the Curtain.  As for everything else that happened in August, let’s run through the list!


 

New in August:

PHONE AND SERVICE RELATED:
MMS interoperability

MMS interoperability with Tracfone

 

In-Progress Items We Hope Will 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:
Purchase without a plan

Gifting/Purchase without Plan Selection in our RW Store

Community Upgrade

New Community Version Upgrade

MMS interoperability

MMS interoperability with Cricket

Think Tank Cleanup

 

Republic Think Tank Clean-Up

 

LARGER SCOPE ITEMS:
Tethering

Tethering capability for Republic Refund Plan Subscribers

Background data suppression

Background Data Suppression Tool

Next Gen. Handover Experience

Next Generation Handover Experience (not resting on our Salsa laurels!)

 

Android Lollipop

Android Lollipop 5.1 Update (Moto X (1st Gen.), Moto G (1st Gen.) and Moto E (1st Gen.))

 

Projects we’ve put on hold:

(due to either shifting priorities or business developments we’ve shelved these projects but still want to provide visibility as they were previously being worked upon):

Device Trade In

 

Device Trade-In Trial Program
(limited scope with a third party)

 

 


P.S. The Think Tank is a great spot to participate and get product related updates! Come visit us!

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  • Doug McGraw

    Good to see cricket mms is still coming, there are those who wanted a trade-in program that will be disappointed bit I for one can see why it was shelved

    • jupiterthunder

      Why do you think it was shelved. Priorities are understandable, but did you have other thoughts?

      • Doug McGraw

        I have no inside information or anything but I believe they killed is due to the logistics of dealing with used phones and overall cost of the system was going to bring onto Republic

  • wrkerr

    Any word on which lab is next, and an eta on the official announcement of it?