Thank you for being honest about what you know is going on with RW. I purchased a Pixel 5a 5G for my elderly father because his Moto X 1st Gen just can’t survive much more than living on the charger without playing possum about 4 hours later.
I am a bit disappointed that Republic Wireless decided to stop device certification entirely while they revamp their internal processes. I understand the need to do so; however it is 2021 and this is 1980’s thinking. Maybe it is not as cut and dry as your comment; however the notion that the entire team is dead stop while they figure out how to improve their certification process is a bit backwards.
Part of my disappointment comes from the awfully rapid adoption of the 4a 5G last year (1 week?) to the “indefinate hold” on certifying the Pixel 5a 5G.
One of the biggest reasons I own a Pixel 3 after having the Moto X 1st gen and Moto X 2nd gen is the uniform Android OS and continued support from Google to their phones. It doesn’t come with a bunch of carrier locked garbage on it; each one of their models cover all the basic functions we need and none of the bloatware that other carriers custom load into the firmware of the devices (I’m looking at you: Verizon, AT&T, and (formerly Sprint)).
It runs the same operating system as the other latest Pixel phones, in fact it uses the same chipset as the Pixel 5 phone; I am having a hard time understanding what is so different hardware wise that its not much more than a copy/paste in the database of allowed devices (I realize its not as simple as that).
Here is some feedback to your team approving devices since they are reworking their process:
- Make a partial certification for RW
a. Makes phone calls on Cell
b. Makes phone calls on WiFi
c. Can send and recieve Text/MMS messages (or to make things simple just Text messages since they are literally text!)
- Make a full certification for RW
a. Does all the things from before and whatever bonus stuff that is not included in the core functionality of partial certification
Under partial certification: no official support from RW. Its a your mileage may vary scenario; things are not guaranteed to work except the two basic things cell phones have done for decades.
I was considering getting it setup on Google FI since it has an eSIM (I hope this is on your dev. teams list of “oh yeah we should do that”) and just forwarding the phone and messages to that number temporarily until RW finishes green lighting the Pixel 5a 5G.
However, when I looked into doing this Google’s documentation only talks about activating the eSIM (since it can do both regular SIM card and eSIM simultaneously) only if it currently has service with another carrier. So the RW sim I have installed will not do the trick since I can’t activate it because the RW App says this phone is not compatible. So much for this idea. I really would like to stay with RW but maybe going through the trouble of porting his number to Google FI and then maybe porting it back to RW once its is “approved” is worth the hassle.
P.S. If you have a beta test group for the 5a, count me in.