March Product Recap: What’s New and What’s in the Works

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March was highlighted by the launch of Republic Labs, a platform to expand on our initiative to directly involve you all in our efforts to improve and innovate on our products and services. We were honored to see that thousands of hands were raised to volunteer. We are so excited to launch our first labs project in the near future…it’ll be a surprise and worth the wait!

As always our teams have been hard at work delivering and developing the following:

New in March:

PHONE AND SERVICE RELATED:

Introduction of Republic Labs
New Republic Wireless App 1.8.7 (which improves stability)
Android 4.4.4 for Moto X 1st Generation
Application of Existing Billing Account Credit to All Transaction Types
New Upgrade/Replacement Experience for Plan Selection in Store & On Device

In-Progress Items We Hope Will Improve your Experience:

SMALLER SCOPE ITEMS:

Device Trade-In Trial Program (limited scope with a third party)
New Charger Accessories for the Store

LARGER SCOPE ITEMS:

( 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 ):

• WiFi Sharing (ability to share credentials between devices & members)
• Web-Based Calling (make and receive calls & texts from a browser)
• Email to SMS
• Cell to WiFi Handover
• Android Lollipop Update for Capable Devices
• Email Notifications prior to Billing
• Emoji Capability (all devices except Motorola DEFY XT)
• Include New Customer Stats in the Republic App
• UPS Shipping Integration
• Data Saver Functionality in the Republic App

Former In-Progress Items Being Re-Evaluated:

( for transparency, we’re introducing this section to show items that we’ve spent development time on but are now re-evaluating ):

Refresh Button in the Republic App (aka the ##8647## button): We’re discussing if this feature addresses the root cause issue or if there is a higher order feature and process that would be a better solution