August Product Recap: What's New and What's in the Works

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We started August in the midst of our second Republic Lab, project Salsa. It focused on extending our voice technology to allow for seamless cellular to WiFi handover and was a big success! We began rolling it out to all capable phones in late August and so far the results have far exceeded the 3% voice offload improvement we estimated from the lab. We’ll take those extra savings and keep plowing it back into making your customer experience better and your savings opportunities even greater.

We also launched our online marketplace for purchasing Pre-Owned Republic Devices. A quick check-in as of this writing shows we’re sold out of all phone models, but if you’re interested, check back often as we’ll restock the virtual shelves as our supplies allow.

Most importantly, we are hard at work on a few issues that popped up for some of our members in August that we’re taking very seriously. For the latest on the Stagefright Android vulnerability, Lollipop 5.1 updates for all Gen. 1 Moto phones and timelines for each device, check out this recent post. And, for an even deeper look into what goes into a major OS update like Lollipop, check out our in-depth post Behind the Curtain. As for everything else that happened in August, let’s run through the list!

New in August:

PHONE AND SERVICE RELATED:

Cell-to-WiFi Handover Released
Certified Pre-owned Republic Devices for Sale
MMS interoperability with Tracfone
RW App update

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:

Gifting/Purchase without Plan Selection in our RW Store
New Community Version Upgrade
MMS interoperability with Cricket
Republic Think Tank Clean-Up

LARGER SCOPE ITEMS:

Tethering capability for Republic Refund Plan Subscribers
Background Data Suppression Tool
Next Generation Handover Experience (not resting on our Salsa laurels!)
Multi-Device Experience (Project Bridge)
Next Generation Device (Project High Hat)
Multiple Cellular Carrier Experience (Project Tempo)
Email to SMS
Android Lollipop 5.1 Update (Moto X (1st Gen.), Moto G (1st Gen.) and Moto E (1st Gen.))

Projects we’ve put on hold:

(due to either shifting priorities or business developments we’ve shelved these