Don't You Still Want More Phones?

It’s now become easier to add phone if they are on Android Nougat.I’ve been waiting for outside of the box options like HTC 10, LG, & OnePlus

I’ve been waiting for outside-the-box options like HTC 10, LG, & OnePlus

Is it hard to add new phones?

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Republic certifies phone models individually for use. The first requirement is that the manufacturer has to have an unlocked US version. There are also requirements around modifications that they make to the OS, the APIs that Republic uses for dialing/calling/texting etc must be available. There presumably must also be enough demand for Republic to certify the phone, create the documentation, maintain the documentation, maintain the certification of ongoing build numbers, etc.

I’m sure there’s more, but that’s off the top of my heard.

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And all of that really serves no purpose. The APIs are available on the OS version, which is specified as a requisite. If the underlying carrier (Sprint or T-Mobile) doesn’t have a problem with a device on its network, that should be enough.

RW should be blacklisting (not whitelisting) phones on BYOP, as long as they meet minimum requirements. Similar to all VoIP providers - you point out the devices that customer feedback indicates are not compatible for some reason (e.g., the manufacturer broke an API with a local modification). Those events should be reported back to the manufacturer, since RW will not be the only provider that will be impacted.

RW no longer has a modified ROM requirement for the current plans. As long as the RW app(s) are well behaved they should function as well as any other app. Having done equipment and OS certification, if that’s not the case, I’d be very interested in what is missing from my analysis.

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macemoneta wrote:

And all of that really serves no purpose. The APIs are available on the OS version, which is specified as a requisite. If the underlying carrier (Sprint or T-Mobile) doesn’t have a problem with a device on its network, that should be enough.

**That is NOT enough. Republic calling isn’t “standard” calling. Even when on cellular it isn’t. Texts don’t route via the underlying carrier texting infrastructure. Etc Etc. It is NOT the same.

RW should be blacklisting (not whitelisting) phones on BYOP, as long as they meet minimum requirements. Similar to all VoIP providers - you point out the devices that customer feedback indicates are not compatible for some reason (e.g., the manufacturer broke an API with a local modification). Those events should be reported back to the manufacturer, since RW will not be the only provider that will be impacted.

**Not all VOIP providers integrate with the dialer. Not all VOIP providers reroute texts over data. ETC ETC

RW no longer has a modified ROM requirement for the current plans. As long as the RW app(s) are well behaved they should function as well as any other app. Having done equipment and OS certification, if that’s not the case, I’d be very interested in what is missing from my analysis.

**RW could do it like FreedomPop. Make you use their app to make calls. Make you use their app to send texts. They choose to make the experience seamless which requires something other than what you’re asking for.

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