Make and Receive a Phone Call (Lollipop)


This document is intended for Moto E (2nd Gen.) and Moto X (2nd Gen.) users



Note: If your device is currently running on KitKat, you'll find the instructions for making and receiving phone calls here: Make and Receive a Phone Call (KitKat)






Make a phone call


  1. To access the Dialer, tap the Phone.png icon.
  2. To call a saved contact, type the name of the person in the search bar at the top of the screen, then tap on their name when it pops up.
  3. To call a number that is not stored in your phone, tap on the Dialer.png icon at the bottom center of the Dialer app, enter the number, and tap the green phone.png icon to start the call.





Answer & end a phone call


  • To answer a call: When your phone is unlocked, answer a call by pressing Answer. (Note: When your phone is locked, you'll need to swipe right to answer a call.)
  • To ignore a call: When your phone is unlocked, press Dismiss. (Note: When your phone is locked, you'll need to swipe left to send the call to voicemail. You can also press the Power key to ignore the call.)
  • To silence an incoming call alert: Press the Volume buttons on the side of the phone.
  • Respond with a text: To send a pre-set message an incoming caller, touch the caller's name (if visible). Touch Phone 1.PNG and drag to Message.PNG
  • If a call comes in while you are using your phone, a pop-up will appear at the top of the phone. This pop up includes two options - Dismiss or Answer.
  • To end a call: Touch the End call.PNG icon.
  • Note: When you hold the phone to your ear, the touchscreen will go dark to avoid accidental touches. When you move the phone away from your ear, the screen will light up again.






Call/voicemail forwarding

Call/voicemail forwarding will transfer any call ignored or not answered on one phone to another phone, where it can be answered or allowed to go to voicemail.


This is different from traditional call forwarding, where all calls to one phone are immediately forwarded to the second phone without ringing on the first phone.


Note: Forwarding from one Republic phone to another Republic phone is currently not supported.


See Voicemail for instructions on how to set up forwarding.






Caller ID


Change your caller ID

To change your caller ID name, you'll need to submit a help ticket to Republic Help.


  • Please keep in mind that you can only choose one of the following options as your caller ID name:
    • First Name Last Name (John Smith)
    • First Initial Last Name (J. Smith)
    • Last Name, First Name (Smith, John)
    • Last Name, First Initial (Smith, J)
  • You can only change your caller ID name twice.



Caller ID blocking

Known as *67, outbound caller ID block is now available.


To activate the ability to use *67, please enter *#*#VOIP#*#* on your dialer while connected to WiFi. Once complete, you will be able to use *67.


Note: You will need to dial *67 before each call you want to block.






3-Way Calling

Note: 3-Way calling works over both cell and WiFi, but call quality is diminished when using WiFi. WiFi to cell handover will result in the third-party being dropped when handover takes place.

  1. Dial your first number.
  2. Press the Add call.PNG icon.
  3. Dial your second number, and press the green phone.png icon.
  4. Press the Merge.PNG icon to merge the two calls,







Other calling options


  • To mute the ringer on a call, tap the Mute.PNGicon.
  • To put a call on speakerphone, tap the Speakerphone.PNG icon.
  • To use a Bluetooth device, tap the Bluetooth.PNG icon. (Note: The device must be turned on and already paired with your phone.)
  • If you leave the call screen by pressing the Home or Back button at the bottom of the screen, you can return by going to the home screen and tapping the Phone.png icon and selecting "Return to Call in Progress."




For Moto X (2nd Gen.) users


  • Moto Voice allows you to control your phone hands-free by speaking commands. See Touchless Control for more info.
  • Moto Actions allows you to silence calls or snooze alarms with a wave of your hand. See Touchless Control for more info.









Initial fixes


Here are some simple things to check:


Republic app
Make sure your Republic Wireless app is up to date on your phone. See Republic Wireless App for info on how to check for the latest version.





Make sure you're using 10-digits for the phone number. Republic Wireless doesn't support 7-digit dialing.




Third party call recording apps

If you have a call recording app installed, you may be unable to make outbound calls via WiFi. Uninstall any third party call recording apps and retry your call.




Verify data
Our service uses cellular data connections when making calls and sending SMS and MMS. Make sure the following settings are as follows:


  • Background data
    Do not restrict background data. It is needed and will cause issues if restricted. To check this setting,  tap the Menu.png icon on the Data Usage screen and make sure 'Restrict background data' is the top option in the list. If instead you see 'Allow background data,' tap it to allow background data.

  • WiFi calling
    Make sure you can make calls on WiFi. If both WiFi and Cell calling have issues, this may point to an activation issue.




If the Republic Wireless app is crashing


If you experience any of the following issues, see the Troubleshooting section of the Republic Wireless App doc:


  • "Republic Wireless has stopped" error message
    This notification window may appear while calling, texting, or using the Republic app. Your phone should restart the app if it crashes, but sometimes it may continue to function incorrectly.

  • App-related or WiFi service issues
    The Republic Wireless app, along with customization of the Android operating system, are the main components that make our service work on the phone. If the app is having issues and crashing, calling, texting, visual voicemail, or other app-related features may not work.

  • Cellular service issues
    • Outbound calling and texting over cell may show the underlying Sprint phone number assigned to the phone instead of your regular Republic phone number.
    • When calling or texting a contact, the call or text does not go through and immediately calls or texts you back from yourself.





If the phone is still not able to make or receive calls on cell


  1. Restart
    Restart the phone.

  2. Reset Republic credentials
    (Note: Your phone must be connected to WiFi to complete this step.)
      1. Open the dialer, then dial *#*#8647#*#*
      2. The dialer will clear, and the Republic arc notification icon will reappear after about a minute. (If the arc notification icon does not reappear, restart your phone. The arc should then appear after your phone restarts.)

  3. Update the PRL (Preferred Roaming List)
    Perform a PRL update by following the instructions here: Update the PRL.

  4. Wipe Sprint settings
    When the PRL update is complete, open the dialer and dial ##72786#. (If prompted, tap Yes to confirm resetting to factory defaults.) Your phone may restart.
    Note: Once this step is complete you must complete Step 5 or your phone will not work over Cellular.

  5. Update the profile
    This will restore or refresh your phone's Sprint settings; go to Settings > System Update > Update Profile.
    Note: You'll need to be connected to WiFi in order to update the Profile.

  6. Restart again
    The phone should automatically restart after a few seconds. If it doesn’t, then manually restart the phone.




If the phone is still not able to make or receive calls on WiFi


  1. Check to see if the Republic arc in the notification bar is solid.
  2. Check to see if the Republic notification lists WiFi calls.
    1. If you're on a public WiFi hotspot, check to make sure you've accepted any terms and conditions.
    2. If you're on a work or personal WiFi network, check your network and router's WiFi settings (if you're on a work network, contact your IT department for help.)
  3. Go to your phone dialer and dial *#*#8647#*#* to reset Republic credentials on your phone for voice and texting. (Note: You'll need to be connected to WiFi to complete this step.)




When should you open a ticket?


  • If callers are getting a busy signal when calling you.
  • If all settings and troubleshooting steps were taken and you’re still unable to make and/or receive calls over the Cellular network.
  • If the Profile Update and/or PRL fails.


Please see Getting Help from Republic for instructions on how to open a support ticket.