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Today, October 17, we'll begin the Security Manufacturer Release (SMR) soaks for both the Moto G (1st Gen.) and the Moto X (1st Gen.). If all goes well with the soaks, we'll release to production at 100% for the Moto X (1st Gen.) on November 8, 2016 and October 25, 2016 for the Moto G (1st Gen.). Please see below for release notes and instructions on how to install these updates. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moto G (1st Gen.) SMR

 

SMR Basic Info:

 

  • Build Number: LPB23.13-51-R.14
  • System Version: 221.26.14.falcon_cdma.RepublicWireless.en.US sprint
  • Update Size: 41.68MB

 

Release Notes:

 

  • Lock screen security vulnerability - Closes a potential security vulnerability that involves the lock screen.
  • Updated Android security patch - Brings your phone up to Android Security patch level 2016-08-01.
  • Stability Improvements - Includes changes that fix bugs and improve the stability of your phone.

 

 

 


 

 

 

Moto X (1st Gen.) SMR

 

SMR Basic Info:

 

  • Build Number: LPA23.12-39-R-19
  • System Version: 222.21.19.ghost_row.RepublicWireless.en.US sprint
  • Update Size: 36.48MB

 

Release Notes:

 

  • Lock screen security vulnerability - Closes a potential security vulnerability that involves the lock screen.
  • Updated Android security patch - Brings your phone up to Android Security patch level 2016-08-01.
  • Stability Improvements - Includes changes that fix bugs and improve the stability of your phone.

 

 

 


 

 

 

Installing the Update

 

Please review our How to Install System Updates (From Lollipop)  guide and follow the instructions for what you need to need to do before, during, and after installing a system update and for any troubleshooting steps. If you continue to run into issues, please contact Republic Help

Some of our Moto G (3rd Gen.) accessories are now half off their original price. Be sure to check them out here

sarahd

MMS and Cricket Wireless

Posted by sarahd Oct 5, 2016

Today, we’re happy to announce that you can now send and receive MMS (picture and group messaging) with Cricket Wireless. Since the new MMS regulations came out in 2013, we’ve built our infrastructure to ensure that once providers updated their systems, we’d be ready to support MMS with them. As of late last week, we confirmed with Cricket that MMS was now available.

 

We’ll continue to remain in contact with other providers and do everything we can to provide you with MMS to as many providers as possible. Please keep an eye out here for any updates or on our Health and Wellness page.

 

Thanks for reading!

An update to the Republic Wireless app was released today at 5%, although it usually does take several hours until it is available via the Google Play Store. 

 

This update is only for Republic Wireless 3.0 phones and includes the following:

 

  • Network connectivity improvements.

 

For instructions on how to update your Republic Wireless app, please go here.

 

Thanks, and have a great day!

We're excited to let you know that Republic will be supporting the newly announced Pixel and Pixel XL, made by Google! 

 

Google is currently taking pre-orders with expected shipment times at the end of October. See below for some of the specs for these new phones, but you can find full tech specs on Google's website. Don't forget to get your Republic Wireless SIM card as well!

 

Let us know if you have any questions or comments here

 

 

 

Pixel and Pixel XL

 

 

 

 

 

KEY FEATURES


  • 2.15Ghz Quad Core processor
  • 12.3MP rear camera with large 1.55μm pixels 
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Unlimited storage for all your photos and videos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PIXEL AND PIXEL XL BASIC INFORMATION

 

AVAILABILITY


Pre-order now with Google

OPERATING SYSTEM


Android™ 7.1 Nougat® 

CAPACITY


Memory RAM

4GB

 

Storage 

32GB and 128GB

 

PROCESSOR


Chipset

Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 821

 

Processor Speed

2.15GHz Quad Core

 

Graphics Processor

Adreno 530 

BATTERY


Pixel

Built-In rechargeable lithium-ion, 2770 mAh

Mixed usage up to 26 hours

Fast charging up to 7 hours of power in 15 minutes of charging

 

Pixel XL

Built-In rechargeable lithium-ion, 3450 mAh

Mixed usage up to 32 hours

Fast charging up to 7 hours of power in 15 minutes of charging

DISPLAY


Pixel

5.0" FHD AMOLED at 441ppi 

 

Pixel XL

5.5" QHD AMOLED at 534ppi 

 

 

CAMERA


Rear

12.3 MP

 

Front

8 MP

CELLULAR NETWORK


GSM

WATER RESISTANCE


2.5D Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4

We're excited to announce that beginning today, October 3, 2016, you can now bring a Moto Z and a Nexus 6 by Motorola to Republic Wireless. The Moto Z was just announced yesterday by Motorola and the Nexus 6 is a phone that a lot of our members have been asking us to approve. 

 

Click the links below for some of the specs for this new phone, but you can find full tech specs plus pricing on Motorola's website and Nexus' website. Don't forget to get your Republic Wireless SIM card as well!

 

Let us know if you have any questions or comments here

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moto Z

 

 

 

 

 

 

KEY FEATURES


  • 1.8Ghz Quad Core processor
  • 13MP rear camera with Optical Image Stabilization and Laser Auto Focus
  • Fingerprint reader
  • MicroSD card slot up to 2TB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MOTO Z BASIC INFORMATION

 

AVAILABILITY


October 3, 2016

OPERATING SYSTEM


Android™ 6.0 Marshmallow® (upgradeable to Nougat when available)

CAPACITY


Memory RAM

4GB

 

Storage 

64GB with MicroSD slot that supports up to 2TB expandable memory (sold separately)

 

PROCESSOR


Chipset

Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820

 

Processor Speed

1.8GHz Quad Core

 

Graphics Processor

Adreno 530 

BATTERY


Built-In rechargeable lithium-ion, 2600 mAh

Mixed usage up to 30 hours

TurboPower™ for up to 8 hours of power in 15 minutes of charging

DISPLAY


5.5" QHD (1440x2560) AMOLED

 

 

CAMERA


Rear

13 MP

 

Front

5 MP

CELLULAR NETWORK


GSM

WATER RESISTANCE


Water repellant nano-coating

 

 

 


 

 

 

Nexus 6 by Motorola

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KEY FEATURES


  • 3.7Ghz Quad Core processor
  • 13MP rear camera with Optical Image Stabilization
    • Qi wireless charging
  • 32/64GB of storage and 3GB RAM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEXUS 6 BY MOTOROLA BASIC INFORMATION

 

AVAILABILITY


October 3, 2016

OPERATING SYSTEM


Android™ 7.0 Nougat® 

CAPACITY


Memory RAM

3GB

 

Storage 

32/64GB 

 

PROCESSOR


Chipset

Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 805

 

Processor Speed

3.7GHz Quad Core

 

Graphics Processor

Adreno 420 

BATTERY


Built-In rechargeable lithium-polymer, 3220 mAh

Mixed usage up to 24 hours

DISPLAY


5.96" QHD (1440x2560) AMOLED

 

 

CAMERA


Rear

13 MP

 

Front

2 MP

CELLULAR NETWORK


GSM

WATER RESISTANCE


Water Resistant 

sarahd

Moto G (3rd Gen.) Price Drop

Posted by sarahd Sep 19, 2016

Happy Monday everyone! 

 

As of today, the price of the Moto G (3rd Gen.) has be reduced. The 16GB version is now $179 (down from $229) and the 8GB version is $159 (down from $199). You can check out the new prices and make a purchase on our website here

 

Thanks for reading!

For those of you that are using or plan to use a Samsung phone, we ask that you please not use the default messaging app that comes on your phone, Samsung Messages. That app is currently unsupported on Republic Wireless because when you send a text message to someone using that app, instead of showing your Republic Wireless phone number, it shows an alternate number. This can cause confusion for the people you’re sending messages to as they’ll see a phone number they don’t recognize and won’t be sure who it’s from.

 

 

 

 

 

What do I have to do?

 

  1. Change Your Default Messaging App 
    Open the Google Messenger app and it will prompt you to select it as the default messaging app. If it doesn't, you can follow these instructions to set Google Messenger as your default messaging app. If you don't have Google Messenger installed, there are instructions at that link on how to do that as well. 

  2. Replace the Samsung Messages App on Your Home Screen
    The Samsung Messages app will show unread message counts and ask you to enable it as the default messaging app unless you remove it from your Home screen. This can be confusing since you won't be able to use this app anyway. It's best to remove it from your Home screen altogether.

    Please follow the instructions below to remove the Samsung Messages app from your Home screen and add the Google Messenger app instead:

 

 

Detail Images

(click to enlarge)

Follow the step-by-step tutorial
1.

Select Messages App

 

Press and hold the  Messages app.

2.

Drag to Remove

 

After you press and hold the Messages app, the screen will change and you'll see a Remove icon at the top left of your screen.

 

Drag the  Messages app overtop the  Remove icon and let go. This will remove the app from your Home screen. 

3.

Open the Apps Drawer

 

Tap  Apps.

4.

Select Messenger

 

Press and hold the  Messenger app.

5.

Drag to Home Screen

 

After you press and hold the Messenger app, the screen will change and you'll see your Home screen.

 

Drag the  Messenger app to where you want it on your Home screen and let go. 

 

 

 


 

 

 

FAQ

 

Why can’t I use Samsung Messages?

The Samsung Messages app sends messages from your alternate number, which is a number that we use internally to route your calls and texts, and is different from your Republic Wireless number. We’re currently working with Samsung to integrate the Samsung Messages app with Republic Wireless as soon as possible.

 

 

What happens if I keep using Samsung Messages?

If you use Samsung Messages, your text messages will continue to come from an unrecognized telephone number and you’ll be reminded to switch to Google Messenger every time you receive a message (when Samsung Messages is set as your default messaging app).

 

 

How do I know what my correct telephone number is?

Tap on the Republic Wireless app to see your telephone number displayed at the bottom of the screen.

 

 

Thanks for your patience as we work with Samsung to integrate the Messages app into our Republic app. If you have any further questions or need additional help, please feel free to ask them here

An update to the Republic Wireless app was released yesterday evening at 100% (keep in mind it usually does take several hours until it is available via the Google Play Store). Last week, we released version 3.7.0.142 as a staged rollout. We reached 50% rollout yesterday when we received word of an issue affecting some users after a Google Play services update. In order to correct this issue, we released a new version as quickly as possible. This new version includes the same release notes as the previous one plus the fix for the new Google Play services update. 

 

This update is only for Republic Wireless 3.0 phones and includes the following:

 

  • Detect usage of Android Nougat's Data Saver feature.
  • Fix for voicemail greeting playback.
  • Fix for blank screen sometimes shown during activation.
  • Fix for icon rendering issue on some phones.
  • Fix for blank caller ID in visual voicemail when the call was received from a restricted number.
  • Various stability improvements.

 

 For instructions on how to update your Republic Wireless app, please go here.

 

Thanks, and have a great day!

 

 

 

 

KEY FEATURES


  • 1.4Ghz Quad Core processor
  • 8MP rear camera with LED flash
  • Wide angle 5 MP front-facing selfie camera
  • MicroSD card slot up to 128GB

 

 

 

 

 

 

We're excited to announce that beginning today, September 15, 2016, you can now bring a Moto G4 PLAY to Republic Wireless. The reason why we're so excited is because for the first time ever, we're able to support a phone on the same day it's released by the manufacturer. 

 

This phone has some great features and Motorola is calling it "More phone. More fun. Affordable as ever." Here are some of the specs for this new phone, but you can find full tech specs plus pricing on Motorola's website. Don't forget to get your Republic Wireless SIM card as well!

 

Let us know if you have any questions or comments here

 

 

BASIC INFORMATION

 

AVAILABILITY


September 15, 2016

OPERATING SYSTEM


Android™ 6.0 Marshmallow®

CAPACITY


Memory ROM 

16GB with MicroSD slot that supports up to 128GB expandable memory (sold separately)

 

Memory RAM

2GB

 

PROCESSOR


Chipset

Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 410

 

Processor Speed

1.4GHz Quad Core

 

Graphics Processor

Adreno 306 

BATTERY


Built-In rechargeable lithium-ion, 2800 mAh

DISPLAY


5.0" FHD (720x1280) TFT

 

 

CAMERA


Rear

8 MP

 

Front

5 MP

CELLULAR NETWORK


GSM

WATER RESISTANCE


Water repellant nano-coating

sarahd

Wi-Fi+ App Update

Posted by sarahd Sep 13, 2016

Some of you may or may not be aware of an app that was created in 2012 for our DEFY XT users called the Republic Wi-Fi+ app. This app was created to help users find, connect and manage WiFi networks.

 

We wanted to let you know that the WiFi+ app will no longer be supported nor distributed on the Google Play Store due to the underlying platform this app relies on being shut down by early next year.

 

If you have a current version of this app, you’re free to continue using it, but functionality will stop sometime early next year.

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask them here or contact our Help team.

 

Thanks for reading!

Today, we’re excited to announce a special deal from our friends at Samsung. For a limited time, when you buy a Samsung Galaxy S7 or Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, you qualify for a Gear VR or a 256GB memory card for your phone.

 

Here’s how it works:

Purchase a Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 edge from Republic Wireless. Once you receive your phone, visit SamsungPromotions/TryOnTheFuture starting on September 8, 2016, to redeem your offer. You must have your phone's MEID and your Republic phone purchase receipt in order to enter. Fill out the online claim form, upload an image of your receipt, and select your gift. Once your offer claim form is approved, you’ll receive a confirmation email for your gift. You'll receive your Gear VR or 256GB memory card within 12 weeks from Samsung.

 

This promotion runs until October 9, 2016. Supplies limited. Terms and Conditions apply. Full details are available here.

 

Please note that this promotion, including redemption and fulfillment, is being run by Samsung, not Republic Wireless.

 

All entries, questions, and requests should be directed to Samsung here.

 

If you have any questions for us, please feel free to leave them here

 

Thanks for reading!

An update to the Republic Wireless app was released today at 1%, although it usually does take several hours until it is available via the Google Play Store. We're starting at a 1% roll out since this is our first big release since the launch of the Republic 3.0 app. We'll monitor its progress with the aim of a 100% roll out by September 15, 2016.

 

This update is only for Republic Wireless 3.0 phones and includes the following:

 

  • Detect usage of Android Nougat's Data Saver feature.
  • Fix for voicemail greeting playback.
  • Fix for blank screen sometimes shown during activation.
  • Fix for icon rendering issue on some phones.
  • Fix for blank caller ID in visual voicemail when the call was received from a restricted number.
  • Various stability improvements.

 

 For instructions on how to update your Republic Wireless app, please go here.

 

Thanks, and have a great day!

The winner has been chosen and emailed! Please join us in congratulating:

 

We’re happy to announce that we’re now supporting Android Nougat (v. 7.0) for Nexus 5X by LG and Nexus 6P by Huawei! If you currently have either of these phones, when you install the Nougat upgrade it will now work with Republic. If you purchase these phones somewhere else, you’ll now be able to activate them with us as well when running Nougat.

 

In our testing, we discovered a couple of minor issues that will be fixed with the next release of the Republic Wireless app, which we’re currently working on. Please see below for more info on these two issues:

 

  1. Data Saver Feature Blocks the Republic Wireless App.  
    If this feature is turned on and our app isn’t whitelisted, calls and messages will be degraded and/or non-functional. You can either whitelist our app manually or you can wait until we release the next version of our app, when we’ll send you a notification to easily whitelist our app from Data Saver. To whitelist our app manually now, tap Apps → Settings Data usage Data saver Unrestricted data access scroll to Republic Wireless and tap to enable the switch.

  2. App Usage Details in the Republic Wireless App.
    Nougat users will see individual app usage as "0” when looking at the app usage counters with the Republic app's cell data report. When we release the next version of the Republic Wireless app, you’ll instead be taken to the native Android data usage in Settings when tapping on individual app data. 
    Note: This issue can also occur if you're on Android Marshmallow and you've installed the April or newer Android M Security Patch. 

 

We hope you’re as excited as we are to be able to support a new operating system at the same time as when the manufacturer (or Google in this case) releases it. As more manufacturers for Republic phones make Android Nougat available, we’ll announce here when we’ll begin to support them.

 

Please let us know your questions and comments here.

 

Thanks for reading!

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