Republic Wireless Salsa project, cell to WiFi handover, now testing, expected to go public in September; Moto X (2nd Gen.) gets Lollipop 5.1
Sprint MVNO Republic Wireless that mostly relies on WiFi and on cellular network only when WiFi is out of range has started testing their new project, Salsa. Republic Wireless Salsa project allows cell to WiFi handover, which means that calls made on cellular network will be able to seamlessly switch to a WiFi network without the call being dropped. So far, Republic’s handsets were enabled only for WiFi to cell switch, which means that calls over WiFi were seamlessly switching to cellular network when out of WiFi range without any call interruptions.
For example, Republic users were able to call someone in their home using WiFi and not being aware that they have switched to cellular network when they have left the house because they haven’t experienced any call interruptions. However, they were not able to switch back to WiFi from cellular ones WiFi is in range again. Well, that’s what Republic Wireless users will get with Salsa project.
Republic has announced the Salsa project on July 23, 2015, inviting their customers to help them test the new feature. Yesterday, the Salsa Lab has started. Republic has already run some internal tests but making it available to select number of users will help discover potential problems that they will be able to resolve before they let the project available to public. According to them, testing will last for at least two weeks. Republic expects to make Salsa, cell to WiFi handover, available to public in September, 2015.
Not all Republic Wireless users will be considered for testing cell to WiFi handover. Users must have a Moto X, Moto G or Moto E with second generation phones having a Lollipop 5.0 platform or higher. Their Republic app must be update to the latest version. Also, those who usually make a lot of calls will have an advantage since the test is call related.
In other news, Republic has released Android 5.1 Lollipop update for Moto X (2nd Gen.) on July 15, 2015.
Of all new Republic’s projects announced in April this year, the carrier has launched Refund Plans a month ago. Republic is now paying money back to users for data they haven’t used during a month on their account.
Source: Republic Wireless