Please note Project Maestro Completed 7/18/15 and is no longer accepting signups.
“People will feel more in control when they can fully customize their data plan. We already customize our experience with WiFi and our calling area so why not customize our data to our current needs on the fly.” – member fasteddiesrt
“We shouldn’t be concerned with this ancient technical detail in 2014…It’s all the same data; the connection speed is pointless. We should be billed based on the amount of data we use, not the speed.” – member emperordahc
It is an exciting time to be with Republic, not just as a member, but as someone who works here too. We live to help people stay better connected and the very first project in Republic Labs is a big, giant, leap in that direction. Like, “BIG” big. Together, with our members, we’ve figured out a way to make Republic more fair, flexible, and even less expensive than ever. We’re doing this by putting you in control of exactly what data you need and when, to usher in a wholly new era on what phone service could be for today’s callers.
Our members share comments with us like the ones quoted above all the time. Part of what makes Republic different, and keeps us (and you) a step ahead of the other guys, is that we listen. If there’s an opportunity to make things better, we’re sure gonna try. It’s in our very DNA to continue hunting down opportunities to give our members the best service experience possible. So! We’re going to proactively test new ways to save you even more off each monthly bill – especially if you use more WiFi. But here’s the really fun part, thousands of our members are gonna help us do the testing, starting May 18th.
Like emperordahc calls out above, we’re curious what would happen if we stopped measuring you by cell data speeds, and measured you by how much cell data you use instead. What if you had total control over your plans and could appropriately size them for what best fits your needs? What if we built a bunch of new tools on our site and in our app to help guide you along the way and make it as easy as possible to know how you stack up? And, what if you could get paid back each month for whatever cell data you didn’t use? Like, in money. Actual dollars credited back to your account.
Fact: Our members want access to LTE coverage, but only 4% were willing to pay extra for an LTE plan.
Fact: On average, every single smartphone user is overpaying about $16/month for service they never use.
Fact: Because of this “wireless waste,” if you want any data with the big carriers, even if you only need 1MB, you’re stuck paying a minimum of $30 from having to go “all-in”.
If you signed up and were selected for Lab 1: Maestro, then having total control over your plan and the ability to get paid back for what you don’t use is exactly what you’ll be helping us test and figure out, this May. A seamless WiFi + Cell Network was just the beginning. If all goes well, you may very well help us change the entire mobile industry all over again…
But that’s not everything. We told you 2015 was going to be big and we’re just getting going. If you missed the signup period or weren’t selected for this particular project, no worries, this is the first of many massively important projects slated for Republic Labs. In the next nine months, here are the projects that you could help us on:
Pay for the data you use. Get paid back for what you don’t.
We’ve nailed seamless WiFi to Cell Handover, but what if your phone could switch back to WiFi whenever you’re on cell? Like when you’re out and about and get back home. Coming Soon…
We’ve got a great lineup of phones today, good for anyone’s price range, but we’re always working to make it even better. You could help test which phone we launch next! Coming Soon…
What if you could access your phone and messages from any device like your tablet or your desktop? This one changes everything. Coming Soon…
We’ve heard you. WiFi is awesome and creates incredible savings for you, our members. But in those times when you’re away from WiFi, you need a phone that’ll keep you better connected, no matter what you’re doing or where you might be. Help us test an extended cellular coverage experience. Coming Soon…
So, we’re excited. We hope you’re excited too, because we aren’t settling for the status quo and don’t believe you should have to either. Think of this as your golden green ticket to what’s next in the wireless industry. Our chance to actually put people first and treat them fairly. Get paid for using more WiFi. Have options and a fairly sized plan at the right price. No funky math. What you pay in, is what you get paid back. Dollar for dollar. Fair is fair.