Republic Wireless offers unlimited use for $19 a month

Is there a way to shake up the current wireless phone business? A recently launched company called Republic Wireless claims they have such a shake-up. The company announced this week that it was going to offer its customers a truly unlimited voice, text and data plan for just $19 a month.

The company launched in early November as a "hybrid" service, offering customers the ability to purchase of an Android-based LG Optimus phone for $199 and then letting them have "unlimited" use of the phone. The catch, at least at the time, was that the phone was designed to use WiFi as much as possible. Customers were still subject to warnings or even being kicked off the service if they exceeded their 3G caps.

That's all changed, at least for now. In their new announcement, Republic Wireless states:

There will simply be no thresholds, and no risk of losing service. We’re doing away with all of that to keep all of the focus instead on where it really belongs: Creating a new wireless future together. A future that is simple to understand, unfettered to use, and an amazing value for all. That’s what we started down this path to do. That’s where the power of this vibrant community, dynamic Wi-Fi ecosystem and revolutionary technology should be invested. We’re all-in.

There might be a catch in the future, however. This week's announcement stated that Republic Wireless offers its customers, "unlimited service, without fear of cancelation, until the end of beta." What does that mean? The company says that the beta period won't end "until we either achieve economic sustainability or become convinced that doing so is impossible." If Republic Wireless does decide to change or do away with its unlimited service, it says, "... we’ll give you the option of canceling for a full refund for your device at that time."

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Jaybonaut said,
So, what coverage do they have? I think that's the first major question everyone should be asking. I never heard of them.

It's wifi networks, public or private (there is no republic wireless wifi btw) but they use Sprint's network for when you aren't near a wifi. If you use too much of Sprint's network then you are cut off.

http://www.republicwireless.com/catch

i still wish they would push voice over wifi more on all phones.. I have always dreamed about having unlimited calls from home.. the only problem is most cell phone companies also sell home phone service so it cuts into their profits..

Lachlan said,
i still wish they would push voice over wifi more on all phones.. I have always dreamed about having unlimited calls from home.. the only problem is most cell phone companies also sell home phone service so it cuts into their profits..

Just Use Google Voice Like I do.

Glad to see they are changing their model, because what they first rolled out was almost useless for all but the most meager of users.

knighthawk said,
Glad to see they are changing their model, because what they first rolled out was almost useless for all but the most meager of users.

Honestly, this is a start but a little too limited. It is a hybrid approach of wifi/cell. I think a more realistic price would be $30 for unlimited voice, text and data over a cellular network. The idea of paying $80 for the typical plan per month is insane. Then again, we live in a country where people believe that getting unlimited text messages for $20 is a steal, and brag about who much they pay for their wireless like it's some kind of badge of honor.

“A fool and his money are soon parted.”
Thomas Tusser

azure.sapphire said,

Honestly, this is a start but a little too limited. It is a hybrid approach of wifi/cell. I think a more realistic price would be $30 for unlimited voice, text and data over a cellular network. The idea of paying $80 for the typical plan per month is insane. Then again, we live in a country where people believe that getting unlimited text messages for $20 is a steal, and brag about who much they pay for their wireless like it's some kind of badge of honor.

“A fool and his money are soon parted.”
Thomas Tusser

The idea is make people aware of how much the actually use the cell service, which isn't a lot in some cases. Everyone texts or is around Wifi, so why not use that to their benefit, but still having regular service available. The more they use regular service, the more the company pays the backbone provider. If they off-load some of that through Wifi providers, their costs are less, and they pass that on to their customers.