We never do anything small at Republic (go big or go home, right?). To end our 2016, we received a major investment from Bandwidth (the company our business was born within) and branched out as our own stand-alone company. To celebrate, our first move was to put that investment right back towards our members by offering an unheard of 6 months of free service on our $20 plan during the holidays. Not a bad way to start out on our own. 2017 is shaping up to be just as big, so let’s get right to it…
Last July, we launched the largest lineup of phones in Republic history. We expanded our portfolio with leading Android phones like the Nexus 6P by Huawei and the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge. We will continue this trend in 2017, right now actually. Announcing the…
Moto G4 PLAY – just $149 (available 1/18/17)
Motorola has added an even more affordable entry to their excellent G series of phones. If you’re looking for solid battery life to help you answer emails, call, text, and snap photos throughout your day, the Moto G4 PLAY is next to unbeatable in its price range.
Samsung Gear Fit2 (available 1/6 – 1/15)
We all make the New Year’s resolution to hit the gym hard. This promo from Samsung can help! Until Jan. 15th, when you buy a Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, get a Gear Fit2 free. Not a gym-junkie? The Gear Fit2 does way more than just track steps. Check emails, respond to texts, sync your alarm clock, control music on your phone, and more! The Gear Fit2’s sleek design has swappable face plates so you can mix and match to your style. Check out the great deal at www.samsungpromotions.com.
Bring Your Own Phone
We also announced the ability to Bring Your Own Phone to Republic, last summer. We launched with just a handful of compatible phones, but have already expanded that list to 16 phones! We will continue adding more to the list so you can get started saving at Republic on a phone you already know and love.
Republic Pop-Up Shops Coming to You
In December, Republic decided to run a little experiment. We launched our very first pop-up store in Orlando, Florida at the Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets. The turnout was spectacular and we’re busy planning our next retail moves. Let us hear from you in the comments where you’d like to see Republic. Your town could be next!
New Site Features
If you hadn’t noticed, we LOVE helping people save! The mobile industry can be full of confusing service fees, line fees, activation fees, roaming fees, data fees, overage fees, termination fees, it goes on and on. At times, trying to understand what’s in the fine print can become maddening. Not at Republic. When you signup with us, what you see is what you get. Your monthly phone bill includes just a few items: your monthly service cost, and your standard state/federal taxes and fees. That’s it. In 2017, we’ll help you understand the industry ins and outs better and ensure you’re getting the most bang for your hard-earned buck. Be on the lookout for new Plan and Phone comparison tools on our site that make checking prices across different carriers easier, all in one place.
Contests and Sweepstakes
You all LOVED our #MyDreamPhone giveaway last summer (we got over 84,000 entries!). We’ve got more fun chances to win cool stuff coming up in 2017. We aren’t just about affordable phones and service. The subtitle of this blog, in fact, is “essentials for smarter living.” We want to put that idea in action. We’ve done a “Smartphone Makeover” before, but what about a “Smarthome Makeover”? Lucky winners would be able to pick from all sorts of cool Smarthome tech to sync with their Republic phones and turn their home into the house of the future.
Speaking of technology for smarter living… we have a number of top-secret projects planned for 2017. Some of you may already be “in the know” about Republic Anywhere – a suite of apps that enable you to take calls and send texts from any device you own like your computer, or tablet using your Republic phone number, at no extra cost. We sent the first wave of BETA invites out in December, but if you’re interested in helping us BETA test Republic Anywhere, signup here.
Other Top-Secret Projects
(except we’re talking about them a little bit, right now, in this blog)
In addition to Republic Anywhere, our Product and Engineering teams have been working incredibly hard on a few other pieces of tech that I can guarantee I’m not supposed to get into just yet (I can feel the collective team’s ears burning as I type this). For now, I’ll just put four bullets below for no specific reason. As the year goes on, if one or all of those four, totally arbitrary, bullets gets filled in with more information, cool!
- ??? – your voice is a powerful thing
- ??? – savings for a whole lifetime
- ??? – more WiFi
- ??? – help me right now!
There. That shouldn’t give our Product folks too much heartburn. Are you as excited for 2017 as we are?! This is just the tip of the iceberg, too. This industry moves super fast and we’ll continue to add to our roadmap as the year goes on. Thanks so much for being a part of what makes Republic so great!