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Republic Wireless Outs Bonded Calling Tech To Enhance Quality Of Wi-Fi Calls

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Wi-Fi calling is good and all, but sometimes the quality of phone calls made via this type of wireless network just leaves something to be desired. Republic Wireless, a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) that leases cellular network capacity from major US wireless carrier Sprint when Wi-Fi connections are spotty, knows this all too well. That is why it is attempting to make things better by announcing its Bonded Calling technology, a sort of patch that is capable of automatically detecting low quality connections on a Wi-Fi network, and proactively tries to fill in the gaps during a Wi-Fi call using redundancy on a cellular data network. Use of this type of tech can result to Wi-Fi call conversations that are generally better in terms of quality, and they do not have to fall back on cellular voice network.

Republic Wireless frequently had to rely on Sprint’s cellular network when Wi-Fi networks are not up to snuff. But with the Bonded Calling technology, it does not necessarily have to fall back on Sprint every time, but only use cellular data to provide patches for gaps. Republic Wireless’ customers are now starting to notice the improvement in quality. According to the wireless carrier, there has been a 75 percent decrease in help tickets related to Wi-Fi call quality ever since it started rolling out Bonded Calling on its handsets.

This does not mean, however, that the Bonded Calling technology will always be in use. Republic Wireless will default to Wi-Fi as long as the network is functioning optimally. But when the patch detects some slide in quality, it will automatically go about its business filling in the gaps. Cost wise, the Bonded Calling tech helps in alleviating costs caused by handovers. Besides, it is far more cost effective to patch gaps than to completely switch over to a cellular voice network.

Because Republic Wireless is a Wi-Fi first type of network operator, it understandably has extensive experience in dealing with all kinds of Wi-Fi stuff, including achieving optimum connectivity between Wi-Fi and cellular networks. As a matter of fact, the wireless carrier has over 30 patents related to seamless connectivity. But Republic Wireless would be the first to admit that its handover technology is far from being perfect. But by continuing to develop and explore new technology, such as Bonded Calling, it further strengthens its expertise and corporate knowledge on Wi-Fi, which should translate to a better user experience for its customers.


Source: Fierce Wireless

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  1. "According to the wireless carrier, there has been a 75 percent decrease in help tickets related to Wi-Fi call quality ever since it started rolling out Bonded Calling on its handsets."

    Honestly, this could be marketing trying to make lemonade. According to posts in various forums, people are streaming to Project Fi and Cricket from Republic. The decrease in tickets could be due to users having experienced wonky service now leaving for other providers.

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  2. Republic should have used T-Mobile and UMA calling which had stable handoffs 10 years ago.

    Even if Republic fixes calling reliability, they now offer very little data for the money.

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    1. Republic will announce a GSM plan this summer.

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  3. Wow! I can use this "amazing" new connectivity on either a moto e or a moto g! :(

    Too little, too late, who cares?

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    1. Phone snobs can shop for a Republic Moto X Gen2.

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    2. Far from a snob here. And such snark never bolsters an argument. But seriously??????

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  4. exactly.... who cares

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  5. Wi-Fi calling is total garbage! I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy..... stay clear of any company offering wifi calling

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    1. That's funny. I'm using Hangouts for WiFi calls at home almost exclusively. Conversations are great.

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  6. RepublicWirelessWannabeApril 22, 2016 at 2:45 AM

    "use cellular data to provide patches for gaps" Does this mean RW subscribers will be charged 1.5 cents per megabyte used to patch phone call quality where wifi is weak?

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    1. No, Republic says "Any cell data that’s used for Bonding Calling won’t be counted against your available cell data." Source: Adaptive Coverage | The Republic

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  7. Have been using RW for almost 3 years, could not be happier in general and like this news as well (better call quality is always good). The refund plans work great for me, most months I use just a few MBs of data (yes just a few MBs) so the refund plan is ideal for me despite the high per GB cost. Not mentioned here but mentioned recently by RW is new phone options and continued availability of 'unlimited' plans, which were set to be discontinued.

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  8. To bad ring plus doesn't seem interested in fixing it's voice delay problems.

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    1. Agreed, but what does that have to do with this article?

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    2. It has to do with this article bc this article is about fixing call quality, which R+ isn't working on ...

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    3. Republic is owned by the same company as Ring.To

      RingPlus is a completely different kettle of fish.

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  9. Instead of relying on Sprint for voice, Republic will rely on Sprint for data to bond the calls. Crazy.

    Republic could have used T-Mobile instead of Sprint and UMA calling which is far more stable than cellular wifi handoffs on Republic.

    Republic call quality is irrelevant now because they cut back data and raised prices. For less money than Republic you can have unlimited cellular calling and a lite data plan for those frequently on Wi-Fi.

    After destroying Ring.to, I can't trust Republic with my communications.

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    1. In fairness, the ability to supplement one stream with a second sounds pretty interesting - even if it primarily benefits RW because a bit of wholesale data is cheaper than a switched call.

      BUT, the reassembly is done in RW's servers. That part doesn't excite me. As you say, they haven't been high on the trust quotient lately.

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  10. Refund or no refund... who want to pay $25 for just 1 GB of data and talk because you will get the same for just $10 with ringplus.

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