I thought I’d post regarding my experience, so far:
It’s true there isn’t a push notification for received voicemail. Within an iPhone’s Phone app, however, the Voicemail icon (lower right) is badged when voicemail is waiting. One may also tap the Call Voicemail button where one would normally access visual voicemail in addition to dialing 1 from the keypad.
What’s completely missing currently is support for visual voicemail. For what it’s worth, Republic isn’t the only provider with lack of visual voicemail on iPhone.
iMessage and SMS (standard text messages to non-iPhones is working. MMS (picture and group messaging to non-iPhones) is not. Generally, MMS failures on iPhone would be an APN settings issue. My eyes may be deceiving me, however, I believe the information I entered matches that in Republic’s Getting Started article. I suppose the MMS failure might also be the result of exceeding the MMS Max Message Size. I’ll do some further investigation…
FaceTime Over Cellular
Indeed, the option to set up FaceTime over cellular isn’t presented. FaceTime does work over WiFi. I’m curious; do any of my fellow beta testers regularly use FaceTime over cellular?
To my surprise this is working for me. Anyone else?
Additionally, the ability to use Apple’s FaceTime and Messages apps on other devices (Macs and iPads) to call (audio only) and/or message telephone numbers via one’s iPhone works as expected. Absent an iPhone, FaceTime and Messages on other Apple devices are limited to interacting with other Apple devices using an email address.