VoIP is the technology powering the WiFi portion of Republic’s unique (sufficiently unique to be patented) blended WiFi/cell service. Republic’s service blends the VoIP network of Bandwidth.com with one of two cellular network partners (T-Mobile or Sprint). Republic’s numbers are housed on Bandwidth’s network and therefore are VoIP. This is a regulatory classification. Neither Republic or Bandwidth is able to change the designation of Republic’s numbers.
This would be theoretically possible. Republic could house its numbers on one or both of its cellular network partners rather than Bandwidth’s network. Doing so, however, would mean fundamentally changing its business model. Changing that business model would involve potential pricing changes (up not down). Republic would also lose the ability to offer its Extend Home adapter as that works precisely because Republic numbers are VoIP.
I don’t say this lightly but if services that refuse VoIP numbers are sufficiently important to you, changing service providers would be worth consideration.
Is it Republic doing the handicapping? Or, is it the services that refuse VoIP numbers as a matter of their policy? Or, is it regulatory agencies that continue to insist on outdated classification of telephone numbers?
Most of us here (myself included) are fellow members (Republic likes to call customers members). While I understand the request that Republic solve this is aimed at Republic and not your fellow Community members, candidly, I don’t see Republic changing its entire business model to do so.