Submitted by brian on Tue, 03/20/2012 – 3:27pm
When I last posted near the end of 2011, republic was in the midst of shipping phones to our first round of beta users within the 60-day time period we promised. Today, I’m here to answer the most popular question out there: When will we re-open beta? The answer is: Summer 2012.
Now two months into full swing, our beta is going very well. Hybrid Calling works, and the Wi-Fi wave is alive and continuing to swell. Due to all the positives we’re seeing and our enthusiasm for what republic is becoming, we’ve decided skip the baby steps in favor of serving a greater number of you, sooner… and better. To those who’ve been hoping to join us early this year, let me assure you that waiting a while longer, if you can, will be well worth it.
In the meantime, we’re upgrading republic wireless! Next month, we’ll provide some tools to help save you money on your Big Cell bill even before you can join and make your escape. In May, we’ll introduce a new Wi-Fi to cellular handover technology that is already blowing us away in the lab (our developers are good!). As soon as June, we will roll out new, more powerful Android phones. We’ve updated our Beta milestones page to reflect these developments.
Those are just the highlights of what you can expect in the months ahead. Our team, now comprised of four times as many employees as we had at our November launch, is doing a great job and is eager to unveil our work! As we do, we appreciate the way you continue lending your voice to our efforts with your feedback and support via our forums. This is the lifeblood of the kind of company we aspire to be. You can comment and interact with me about this post in the forum, and add your input to the focused feedback topic for members. Get involved, hold us accountable, tell us what you think… and watch for some particulars in the coming weeks about how and when you can join us.
And as always, whenever you have an idea or thought to share about republic wireless, I enjoy hearing from you directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.