MMS: For some of you, having the ability to use MMS is a pretty big deal. We agree and we want to be able to offer it to you. For a long time, strict and complex guidelines prevented us from being able to offer this functionality along with Hybrid calling. As of February 2013, these guidelines have been updated. (You're more than welcome to check out the new regulations here, if you're in to reading technical documentation.) This is only the first step, however, in bringing us closer to full functionality of MMS. The next step involves building our systems, infrastructure and processes to match the new guidelines (which we've been aggressively working on since February). Beyond that, other carriers will have to do the same thing in order for MMS to work over Wi-Fi at full capacity. Although there's still a lot of work to be done for both Republic and other carriers, we're very excited about these new guidelines and we're willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done! Courtesy of our new section, RW ThinkTank: Share your ideas with everyone!, you can now check to see our progress on MMS functionality here.


Pay Now: On Monday, April 22 we released a new feature in the My Account portal. You're now able to update your credit card info and make a payment when you have an outstanding balance. We'll also store the new credit card info you entered and automatically make it your default payment method for monthly membership fees going forward. In addition, we've also included the functionality to reactivate a suspended account when the outstanding balance is paid in full when using the Pay Now feature. The Pay Now button will only show in the portal if you have an outstanding balance. Check out our Pay Now Tutorial for step-by-step instructions, or if you have a question about Pay Now, you can ask it here.


"19 is Awesome" photo contest: As mentioned in last week's State of the Republic, we're running a photo contest on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Simply take a picture of your favorite 19 anythings and post it on the above listed social channels. The photo with the most likes at the end of each day wins some cool Republic gear. The contest ends Wednesday, May 1 so you better hurry!


Dance off: Who wants to see our executive staff (including CEO, David Morken) dancing the day away? Check out their sweet moves from our last day of Spirit Week:








That's all we have for this week. Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!


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