Rugged Phones Request


#1

Is there any chance of Republic picking up a more rigged phone in the future? I am looking at having to switch off Republic for this.

Story Time:
I dropped my Moto Z Play, it landed on the glass and shattered. Sadly with the Z Play the docking capabilities is one of the strengths of it and there aren’t any good cases I know of capable of maintaining it while still protecting the phone in any useful way. I ordered a used Moto Z Play from Amazon Warehouse to replace it, but when I got it it wasn’t reading my SIM card. To confirm I ordered a new sim card, got it and tested it with the new SIM card, to confirm the phone wasn’t reading it. I decided to return it later that day but before I could return it it fell out of my bag and that phone shattered as well.

I usually don’t have quite that bad of luck with phones, but while I am enjoying the Z play, I can’t keep pouring money into it. I am going to order a replacement screen for my Z Play, but at this point I work in a fairly abusive industry (Backstage entertainment among other things) and just due to my luck I have decided i need something a bit more rugged, but there just aren’t any options out there that I can see on Republic sadly. Yes I am considering an otterbox etc. case as well, and may go that route, but would love to get an actual ruggedized phone to be able to use. Heck even a feature phone that put out a 4G hotspot for a tablet is all I really need, but obviously that won’t happen on Republic due to the need for Android for software.

Anyways long story short, please put down another vote for a speaker phone, and if anyone has a suggestion of one I may have missed compatible with Republic let me know!


#2

Republic does not speak of or discuss what phones they may or may not support.
They are not very keen to add niche market phones to their lineup.

But I do think a rugged phone would be good to add.

There is a survey you can use to submit your vote for a device to be supported: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/new_phones_survey

One can always get a nice Otterbox Defender case for their phone.