Republic Labs: Salsa

Salsa_patchWhat? You didn’t think we were done did ya?! There’s exciting work to be done and we know the best results come from your help and feedback. Our next project in Republic Labs has been asked for by members since the start. It’s been submitted to our Think Tank, voted up, and we’re ready to make it happen: Seamless cell to WiFi handover.

Right now, your Republic phone does what most other phones can’t. It uses the added power of WiFi – not just for Internet access – but for talk and text too. It’s built to be smarter right out of the box to help you stay better connected in more places than a traditional cell-only network. And, because our phones and app help unlock all that extra coverage via WiFi, it means you’re using fewer and fewer expensive cell towers, which means a lower phone bill each month for you! But we wouldn’t be Republic if we just stopped there. We’re always looking for ways to make your smartphone experience the best it can be. That’s where cell to WiFi handover comes in…

Currently, whenever you’re connected to WiFi, you can use it to make a call. Whenever you leave WiFi range, your phone seamlessly hops over to cell so you can continue your conversation without skipping a beat. But, what about when you come back to WiFi? Like during that commute home from work, when you walk back in your front door…It’d be nice if your phone could jump right back onto WiFi for an even better connection while you talk. That’s exactly what we’ll be tackling in Republic Labs: Project Salsa and we need your help!

This project is super easy too. Once enrolled and activated, all you’ll have to do is make calls (preferably on or near WiFi). And report your feedback. We’ll be periodically asking you to record your overall experiences on surveys. We’ll also have a form open to collect any specific experiences, thoughts, or comments you have. That’s it! That’s all it takes to put all our members on the path to staying better connected!

And, just as a reminder – here’s what other Labs we have coming. Sign up and help change mobile forever!

Maestro: Data Refund (COMPLETED 7/18/15)
Pay for the data you use. Get paid back for what you don’t. Read More

Salsa: Cell to WiFi Handover (COMPLETED 8/19/15)
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.

Hi-Hat: Next-gen Mobile Phone (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!

Bridge: Multi-Device Experience (COMING SOON)
What if you could access your phone and messages from any device like your tablet or your desktop? This one changes everything.

Tempo: Multiple Carrier Cellular Network Experience (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.

*Please note that not everyone who signs up for Labs will be invited into every project. Many of our labs have minimum requirements for entry. For Salsa, you must have a Moto X (1st Gen), Moto X (2nd Gen) with Lollipop 5.1, Moto G (1st Gen), Moto E (1st Gen), or Moto E (2nd Gen) with Lollipop 5.1. You also must have the most recent app version for your individual device (click here to update). Because this is a lab about calling, we will be selecting users that make plenty of calls — WiFi, cell, or both — on their phone. Depending on the size of the signup list, we may have to take a random sample of participants from that list.

 

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  • Cam Lawrence

    So I’m out if I have a Moto X 1st gen?

    • Doug McGraw

      not necessary, the Android 5.0+ is only a requirement for the 2nd Gen Devices (Moto X 2nd Gen and Moto E 2nd Gen) note Moto G is Listed and it doesn’t have a 5.0+ Os yet also and it’s only a 1st Gen Device at this time

      “For Salsa, you must have a Moto X, G, or E, and Android 5.0 or higher for 2nd Generation devices.”

      so there sill hope for you

    • http://www.republicwireless.com ajmaphone

      Hey there – not at all. Apologies for any confusion, we’ve updated the parameters to hopefully make them more clear. You can totally participate with a Moto X (1st Gen).

  • Cam Lawrence

    So I’m out if I have a Moto X 1st gen?

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  • numanair

    “…it means you’re using fewer and fewer expensive cell towers, which means a lower phone bill each month for you!”
    How so? We don’t pay by the cellular minute. Is this going to change, or do you just mean it trickles down to Republic charging less?

  • Terry McClung, Jr.

    I just got a Salsa invite. I’ll be glad to participate, but I have to say that of all the upcoming labs this one interests me the least. Will accepting or declining this invitation have any impact on whether or not I get an invite for a future lab?

  • Terry McClung, Jr.

    I just got a Salsa invite. I’ll be glad to participate, but I have to say that of all the upcoming labs this one interests me the least. Will accepting or declining this invitation have any impact on whether or not I get an invite for a future lab?

  • Ryan Busk

    I thought the seamless part of this quote was a bit exaggerated, “Whenever you leave WiFi range, your phone seamlessly hops over to cell so you can continue your conversation without skipping a beat.” I don’t know what others experience, but poor switching from wifi to cell is one of the only aggravating things about my Republic experience.

  • Keith

    I took that to mean that the less Republic Wireless is charged by the network operators the less we are charged for our monthly plans and data overall.

  • Paul Russell

    “Multiple Carrier Cellular Network Experience?” Does that mean that RW will be partnering with another carrier? like Google Fi did with Sprint & T-Mobile