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

On August 11th we released our bring-your-own-phone (BYOP) program where anyone can use Republic Wireless simply by inserting a SIM card into an approved device. This is an incredible milestone for us and we’re happy to see so many customers joining this way.  We also announced Republic 3.0 compatibility for Android™ 7.0 Nougat.  (Please note that you’ll need to check with your respective device manufacturer to see if and when Nougat will be available.)

We’ve also started to collect call quality feedback directly from you, our users. This is an important piece of our mission to continuously improve your experience. You can opt-in to provide us with feedback directly from the 3.0 Republic App. More details on that can be found here.

Behind the scenes, we’ve been working on clearing out some lingering bugs and shifting focus to the next big steps for us.We’re working a few customer-facing projects like the multi-device experience and Republic 3.0 on a CDMA carrier that you’ll want to keep on your radar. We detailed these a bit in our last product recap so we won’t go into much more detail here other than we’re making progress and stay tuned!

Last and changing gears a bit we wanted to share some data.We saw an article recently comparing how big carriers utilized WiFi. They generally do a good job but we do way, way, way better.

Our customers consistently offload around 94% of total data to WiFi. That’s amazing considering the next best carrier is around 75%.

Kudos to all our WiFi warriors, especially the folks on our Talk & Text plans!

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The article also compared the apps that consume the most data on WiFi and Cellular respectively.  The big carriers appear dominated by YouTube and Facebook with generally over 50% of data on either WiFi or cellular being used by these two apps.  We see a similar phenomenon though the impact is muted as you can see in the below chart.  We spanned this over 8 months so you can see the movement of various apps up or down in relative percentages.  For the most part, things are fairly consistent and stable.  We did see a Pokemon appear in July but it quickly got captured or run over or something.  Regardless it’s gone now.

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That’s it.  If you’ve got any questions about the data or are wondering about any apps we didn’t identify here leave us a comment below and we’ll do our best to investigate.

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
  • Customer Portal Improvements
  • New Payment Options
  • New BYOP devices
  • Stagefright fix for Moto X (2nd Gen.)

Larger Scope Items:

  • Multi-Device Experience
  • Investigating Republic 3.0 on CDMA
  • Republic 3.0 Compatibility with Android™ 7.0 Nougat (device by device basis)
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8 thoughts on “August: What’s New and What’s in the Works”

  1. Sure like to see more byop’s approved for use like my moto x play which I had to leave rw in order to use. Are you only going to approve phones that you offer for sale?

      1. Not yet anyway. Care to wager they will soon?
        That’s not my point, my point is will they authorize phones like mine that are not current year models other than ones they offer.

        1. Well, If I remember correctly, the Moto X Play was an international phone not meant to be sold in the US (other than the Verizon exclusive Droid Varrient). If so, that may be the reason it was never supported and probably won’t be.

        2. Republic has 3 phones (soon to be 5) that will be BYOD only (Moto G4 Play, Moto Z, Nexus 6 and soon the Pixel and Pixel XL) and one is an older model

          I don’t think the Moto X Play will be approved due to it not being a US regional factory unlocked phone (which have been the only type of phones approved by republic)

  2. Finding it’s more difficult to handover to WiFi in the 3.0 plan. Previously, it would connect to local Starbuck’s, McDonald’s, and Dunkin Donuts automatically, now I’m finding I have to manually do this. Coupled with the sparser coverage, I’m finding 3.0 to be a bit of a step back. Although, call quality is amazing now.

  3. Love to see a used phone purchasing option. I’d be good with a Samson S5 for cheap vs the newer ones. I’d love the convenience of buying it right here through my provider.

  4. Would totally upgrade to the new pixel phone by Google if you guys offered it sometime before December time frame.

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