Today marks an important milestone for republic wireless. We’ve unveiled our new phone, the Motorola DEFY XT, and are opening our doors to welcome new members from our waitlist, starting with Wave B. 

 

Over a year ago, a small initial team set out with a big idea to change the way wireless works. The response was more than we could have ever imagined. Frankly, the demand blew us away. We were a startup with a concept whose time had come.

 

Since then, it’s been quite a journey. With Wave A, we gathered real-world proof that our $19 unlimited price is not only compelling but sustainable too. Based on that, we embarked on an audacious expansion.

 

In relatively short order, we brought together a large team of brilliant engineers, operations experts and support pros. We built out robust systems designed to scale. We engaged several handset manufacturers in rigorous development and testing cycles in search of the best device for our community. And critically, we enlisted partners to establish our supply chain and fine tune core processes. The first visible elements of our work emerged last week, with the rollout of our new community platform and MyAccount portal.

 

Today, we’re thrilled to introduce the brand new Motorola DEFY XT with republic’s proprietary Hybrid Calling technology.

 

We’re proud to be the first to offer it in the US. It’s a great phone, and it’s incredibly durable. Does that matter? You bet. If you’re like me, you’ve ruined at least one phone in water or shattered it on pavement. With the DEFY XT, you don’t have to worry about expensive replacements and insurance policies. This phone is the real deal, with Corning Gorilla Glass and an IP67 Rating for solid particle and water resistance.

 

We put this phone through the wringer. The result shows in its finish, stability and reliability -- with dramatic advances over our initial, smaller scale effort. As a special thank you, those members who’ve been with us from the beginning on the LG Optimus will receive an upgrade offer for $100 off the $249 new member price for the DEFY XT. Now, everyone can enjoy the freedom of $19 unlimited smartphone service, with a brand new device that rocks.

 

Members of republic are better equipped than ever before to take advantage of Wi-Fi’s fullest potential, helping to make smartphones affordable for millions more in the process. That’s important at a time when Big Cell is busy making more money at higher prices, with more restrictions and continued confusing business practices.

 

I couldn’t be more proud of the team here, our community and the future we’re co-creating. As a company and a community, we’re delivering real smartphone freedom for all. Have some thoughts of your own to share? Take part in the growing conversation in our community discussion, or write me directly at brian@republicwireless.com. We’d love to hear from you. Thank you for joining us.