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

Phew, let’s take some time to wipe our brow and reflect on what was accomplished in July. There was A LOT including seven huge new feature launches – all packed into just four weeks – a record even for Republic.

We started the month by announcing on July 7th our new Republic Refund Plans – available for all new and existing members and a great way to save even more on your monthly bill.  The best part is that these new plans were imagined by our Community in our Think Tank and tested by our members first-hand in Republic Labs. To everyone involved in getting these plans live, we thank you wholeheartedly. We’re in total awe at your creativity, commitment and communication! Collaboration is what keeps us going. Thank you!

Next, a whole week later, we announced and made available the new Moto E (2nd Gen.) for purchase or upgrade.  It’s a great device at an entry level price and we’re proud to offer it.  Next, we began rolling out Android Lollipop 5.1 to existing Moto X 2nd Generation devices. For the latest timeline for when other devices can expect Lollipop 5.1, be sure to check out our peek Behind the Curtain post, expertly written by Matt (thanks Matt!).

Last, we threw a nice combo punch by announcing the latest Republic Lab’s project for cell to WiFi handover, Salsa, on July 23rd and followed that a day later with support for Emojis on Republic Wireless. We’ll refrain from ending this paragraph with smiley faces or fireworks and just be content to express in words (old school alphabet style) our gratitude for the engineers and staff that made all this stuff happen! For those of you who like seeing July’s accomplishments in list form, here you go:


New in July:

PHONE AND SERVICE RELATED:

 

Republic Refund Plans launched
Moto E (2nd Gen.) launched
Android Lollipop 5.1 for Moto X (2nd Gen.) & Moto E (2nd Gen.)
Salsa Lab introduction
Emoji availability launched
Maestro Lab completed
RW App updates launched
WiFi Concierge Service launched

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:

Device Trade-In Trial Program (limited scope with a third party)
Certified Pre-owned Republic Devices for Sale

 

LARGER SCOPE ITEMS:

Multi-Device Experience (Bridge)
Next Generation Device (High Hat)
Email to SMS
Multiple Cellular Carrier Experience (Tempo)
Android Lollipop 5.1 Update (Moto X 1st Gen,
Moto G 1st Gen and Moto E 1st Gen)

 

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