Q1 2018: What's New and What's in the Works


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In the first quarter of 2018 we continued to dedicate our focus toward helping our members achieve a better phone-life balance. While smartphones and connected devices are incredible tools that have made our lives easier in many regards, there’s an increasing societal awareness that these tools can also be detrimental to a healthy lifestyle given their addictive and always-on capabilities. You’ll see in our development that we’re using phone-life balance as a guiding principle… often times explicitly, like with our new Relay product or with helping you block spam calls, but other times more implicitly, like simply making it easier to monitor or purchase more data.

Here’s a quick run-down of some things we’ve worked on delivering this past quarter:

Relay

Relay is really what we’re all most excited about! It’s a screen-free, LTE & WiFi-powered walkie-talkie aimed at keeping kids connected and safe. We’ve launched a small beta with some of our members. It’ll be offered more broadly in the near future. This device and service really attack phone-life balance for families with children in a meaningful and truly novel new way. Learn more about this product by joining in the discussion in The Neighborhood our new Relay-focused community.

Spam Call Blocking & WiFi Reminders

Nothing irritates us more than spammers using robo-dialers to bombard our members with “free” cruises, money transfers from long lost uncles and threatening IRS tax collectors who prefer to be paid in Bitcoin. To combat this, we rolled out a new feature in the Republic app allowing users to identify and subsequently block individual numbers from ringing your phone (available for users on My Choice Plans with devices that run Android N (7.0) or higher only). Read more about it here.

We’re also now allowing members to opt-in to notifications that will remind you when you’ve manually turned your WiFi off. It’s a useful feature to help our members save data and ultimately save money!

30 Million Republic verified Hotspots

In late April we announced that we’d partnered with a provider to bring our members FREE access to over 30 Million hotspots nationwide. This feature will be rolling out gradually over the next few weeks through the Play Store within version 3.20 of the Republic App. When enabled, the Republic Wireless App will now automatically connect members to nearby verified WiFi hotspots. Members will have access to both premium networks and curated open networks that meet our standards for good connectivity. This feature is available on our My Choice service plans. Read more about it here.

Free SIMs, Free Shipping, Free Month for BYOP

BYOP is our bring your own phone program, allowing members to buy smartphones from Amazon or other retailers. In March we decided to lower the price of our SIM cards + shipping from $5/ea to FREE. The response was amazing as many members, both new and old, decided to upgrade their phones. In April we made this offer even better by throwing in a FREE month of service for a limited time! You can take advantage of this offer either on our site or within the My Choice plan app.

One-Time Data Purchasing

Since launching one-time data purchases (just $5/GB!) within our My Choice app we’ve seen this type of data purchase double. It’s an economical and easy way to up your monthly amount of data without subscribing to a higher monthly plan. Following our members’ suggestions, we’ll be focusing some energy on making this feature more timely and informative - giving members a better heads up before they run out of data.

Half Off for Teachers

Underpaid, overworked and around children all day long. Teachers are amazing, and earlier this month we decided to reward this amazing group of individuals with an amazing 50% off our My Choice Plan. We’ve kicked off this initiative in Wake County, NC but if you know an amazing teacher anywhere, have them visit and sign-up here and we’ll see what we can do (hint hint).

Samsung S9 and S9+

We were pleased to release the Samsung S9 and Samsung S9+ this past quarter. The Samsung S9 is available on our site for $799 (financing available) and both the S9 and S9+ are both capable of being activated as a BYOP device. These are both world class phones that are highly reviewed.

As always feel free to leave comments to let us know your thoughts.


Q2 2018: What's New and What's in the Works
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Is there more information about the half off for teachers? Does the teacher have to have the account and email (work email) with republic or can my regular account (gmail) be used and my wife get the teacher discount? I’d love to hear more about this new feature.


#3

Hi @roberth.46b92g,

Thanks for your interest in this program!

If you’ll click through to the webpage that @vailgm linked, and then click to sign up, there is a contact E-mail address specifically for this program, and they’ll be able to answer more complex questions like yours.


(To anyone else reading: Please, folks, do not send support questions to that E-mail address, because the people receiving those E-mails do not have access to the support tools required to help with issues!)


#4

Is this good for K-12 educators nationwide?


#5

Hi @dondtus,

Although originally begun as a local pilot, we’re now exploring the potential of opening it up more broadly. Please click through the links and let the team know of your interest, and they’ll see what they can do to help you!


#6

How about a half off for seniors?


#7

As the recent poll done on here indicates the majority of R.W’s customers are Seniors.
Thus if they gave such a discount, it would not be financially sustainable.


#8

That poll has a very low sample pool and is more of a reference to the age of the heavy forum users [which is older as younger members trend to use social media for communication and support]


#9

Comparing republic 1gb $20 + tax to tmobile. If you are a vet and you use data and travel international and have 6 persons on your account, tmobile seems to be the best bang for the buck as you get unlimited data anywhere, free texting on plane, 1hr data on plane, free netflix ($9 value), free wifi calling anywhere, all for $20 including tax. Since the republic 3x plans all use tmobile the call quality will be the same. If you have only 1 line, Republic is the better deal. Am I missing something?