Republic Wireless announced on Thursday that it will begin offering the Moto X smartphone for $299 without a contract. For the sake of comparison, other carriers are selling Motorola’s phone for around $600 unsubsidized. Republic Wireless will offer several unlimited plans for the phone starting in November. For talk, text and data on Wi-Fi, but without any cellular service, Republic will only be asking for $5 a month. Cell service for talk and text costs $10 a month, full 3G service costs $20, and 4G will run you $40. Republic customers are free to switch between plans up to two times each month as well. There is no release date yet for Republic Wireless’ Moto X.
As small mobile virtual network operators continue to look
for ways to steal subscribers from major nationwide wireless
carriers, low-cost unlimited plans are often the go-to move for
attracting attention. New
MVNO entrant Republic Wireless is going to be hard to
compete at the low end of the price spectrum though, and the
virtual carrier’s $19 “unlimited everything” service is now live
across the country.
Republic Wireless, the mobile service provider that made headlines last year for its impossibly cheap $19 unlimited talk, text and web plan, is back at it again. The wireless carrier limited its original offering to early beta testers last December and once again this past summer, but Republic Wireless is now ready to open its doors to the public. Initially, the company is offering a Motorola DEFY XT for $249 plus a $10 start-up fee that covers shipping costs and applicable taxes. The smartphone comes with a built-in technology called “Hybrid Calling” that uses freely available Wi-Fi networks for text messages, voice calling and data usage. Republic Wireless has also purchased traditional talk, text and data minutes from Sprint (S) that its customers can use when Wi-Fi coverage is not available. A video from Republic Wireless follows below. More →
Attention smartphone users tired of expensive plans and data caps: there is an alternative. Engadget reports that Republic Wireless has now reopened its beta program that offers users unlimited voice and data services for just $19 per month. How does Republic get away with charging so little? Well, the company has developed a technology called Hybrid Calling that relies heavily on Wi-Fi for primary voice service, with cellular spectrum used as backup. More →
Republic Wireless, a Sprint MVNO that launched in November, announced late last week that it is ditching its “fair use threshold” and is now offering a truly unlimited talk, text and data plan for $19 a month. When the carrier first made its debut, it advertised “unlimited data” but said it reserved the right to kick customers off of its network if they abused the unlimited data offering and exceeded the usage outlined in its fair use policy. “Some of your feedback about our CUI concept and fair use thresholds ranged from confusion to extreme criticism, with a wide variety of thoughts and suggestions in between,” Republic Wireless’s general manager Brian Dally said in a company blog post. “Some judged our marketing to be ‘deceptive.’ Others felt our concepts were just too complicated, and unnecessary to expose to end users.” He continued, “Rather than revising our fair use policy, we’ve decided not to have one at all. There will simply be no thresholds, and no risk of losing service.” There is still one caveat, however: Republic Wireless is currently offering its “unlimited data” plan with a beta label and it will re-evaluate whether or not to continue offering unlimited data at the end of the beta. Republic Wireless routes its customers’s data over Wi-Fi networks and only uses Sprint’s 3G network when Wi-Fi isn’t available. More →
Republic Wireless went live on Tuesday with its impossibly cheap $19 unlimited talk, text and data plan, presenting a service that could potentially save some users a tremendous amount of money each month. “Newsflash: anything a cell network can do, the Internet can do better and cheaper,” Republic Wireless touts on its website. “So we think a truly smart smartphone should make a habit of using Wi-Fi for everything. Surfing. Texting. Sharing. And, yes, even talking.” Read on for more. More →
A new wireless carrier named Republic Wireless, a part of Bandwidth.com, will begin to offer unlimited voice, text and data plans on November 8th for just $19 per month. How is that possible? Republic Wireless will route calls and text messages over Wi-Fi networks when available, and when you’re outside of one it will send the calls over a standard cell network. According to GigaOm, Republic Wireless will buy minutes in bulk from Sprint and then resell them to its customers. The carrier will offer special Android phones with support for voice calling over Wi-Fi networks using technology similar to UMA, a feature in several of T-Mobile’s Android and BlackBerry devices. Reportedly, Republic Wireless will also offer unlimited 3G without any data caps. More →