$19 a month everything unlimited plan, by Republic Wireless
With a hilarious ad (which you can see above), Republic Wireless teases an enticing, asterisk-free solution to our monthly carrier woes: no contracts, no overages and no hogwash.
“Cut to the chase, will you? What's this about?” you say, and we oblige. Simply put, at $19 a month, Republic Wireless offers you unlimited data, unlimited calls and unlimited texts, contract free.
So where's the catch? Turns out, there isn't one, except that the service is only available on a special version Motorola DEFY XT that comes with the company's innovative Wi-Fi Hybrid Calling technology built in. Unlike traditional carriers, the company is able to offer you the appealing price point because of the way the aforementioned tech works. Namely, you get a hybrid of a Wi-Fi and cellular phone, meaning that whenever a Wi-Fi connection is available, calls will be placed through that (at a fraction of the usual cost). Should the signal prove insufficient or altogether missing, the device will seamlessly route your calls, texts and data needs through Sprint's 3G network at no extra charge. That being said, we truly hope we see this tech on a wider range of smartphones.
1. Sauce (unregistered)
So where's the catch? There isn't one.. EXCEPT...! Lol....
2. darkkjedii (Posts: 10102; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
This is a great plan, as long as they have nice phones.
9. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2097; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
Try reading the article before you comment next time.
20. ardent1 (Posts: 1991; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
Republic Wireless uses two devices LG Optimus and Moto Defy. They promise better phones with LTE this summer.
22. ardent1 (Posts: 1991; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
I found the link:https://community.republicwire
Here's what they said:
"New phones: Some of you have been asking if the recent articles about Republic are true regarding the release of new smartphones this summer. We're excited to say yes! We'll be rolling out new smartphones, the first arriving in late summer, and some will have the latest version of Android and access to LTE. Our plan is to offer low, mid, and high end smartphones for a variety of users."
3. tonyv69 (Posts: 5; Member since: 26 Nov 2012)
They have one phone....only. makes choice simple doesn't it.
21. ardent1 (Posts: 1991; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
They also allow the LG Optimus on their plan so it's not one phone per se.
4. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7343; Member since: 14 May 2012)
When WiFi signal is gone, you roll into Sprint's network. In other words, dial up data speeds.
8. ardent1 (Posts: 1991; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
Dial-up speeds are generally about 28 to 56 kbps. If you are getting 256 kbps, that's hardly dial-up speeds.
11. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7343; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Have you not seen Sprint's 3G speeds? 0.04mbps (40kbps) are the usual speeds that customers encounter so their speeds do fall in the dial up category. Their 4G LTE is the slowest of the four carriers, in coverage and speed (T-Mobile blows them out of the water) but at least speeds are over 6mbps.
16. ardent1 (Posts: 1991; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
I have a Moto Triumph -- it had the largest screen at 4.1" for a prepaid when it came out. I pay $25 a month for 2.5 GB of 3G data over Sprint's network.
For the past two years, I've consistently received 300 to 600 kbps download speeds during peak hours say M-F 7 am to 7 pm. During off-peak hours, I've averaged 500 to 800 kbps download speeds. Now, if I access the network during 2 am, I get download speeds of 1.1 Mbps to 1.4 Mbps.
I use testmy.net and testmyspeed.com to benchmark Sprint's network. I run the test twice from each website in sequence to get a fair reading of the download speed based on these four tests, respectively.
Looking at my data for the past two year's, your assertion of Sprint's (average) 3G speeds at 40 kbps is pure NONSENSE.
One last comment. A couple of months ago, I was upset getting a slow connection (under 256 kbps), so took advice from a friend of mine who told me to spend a few hours sampling the connection near my home. Long story short -- I have a Sprint tower 3 blocks from where I live. In the best location, I consistently get 800 to 1,100 kbps download speeds. In the worst location, inside my home, I was get 200 to 400 kbps at the same time. My friend was right -- I should move my butt a few hundred feet and I no longer have a bad connection.
17. true1984 (Posts: 582; Member since: 23 May 2012)
you have to remember there is only one lte phone for t-mobile right now and there arent that many people using their lte, and sprint is still working on theirs. yeah it sucks that the 3g isnt faster but at least you get the most for your money
18. lolrus (Posts: 29; Member since: 18 May 2013)
GS3 LTE version
Note 2 LTE version
34. sectime (unregistered)
Nokia Lumia 925
Blackberry Q10 & Z10
Sony Experia Z
35. miles16852 (Posts: 202; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)
WRONG! there is MORE then one, go look again!
25. TruPatriot (Posts: 87; Member since: 27 May 2013)
I wish I could down vote this for inaccuracy and straight up lies.
13. sectime (unregistered)
There is no coverage map, so is cell coverage just Sprint native? Android 2.3 seriously? Can you upgrade software? I have same service. its called Tmobile and it works very well. If Republic can fix the kinks, it could be a good service.
19. ardent1 (Posts: 1991; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
I like Republic Wireless at $19 a month. Unfortunately, the phones suck. First it was an LG Optimus with 3.5" screen and then Moto Defy with 3.7" screen. (After two years with my Moto Triumph, a 4.5" screen would be ideal with 4.3" being the smallest I would use and this explains why I don't own an iPhone!).
Republic works using public wifi and your home wifi. Outside of wifi range, it relys on Sprint's network. However, passing the call from wifi to Sprint's network is not seamless meaning you need to finish your call on wifi.
Republic promises LTE phones later this summer (but don't hold your breath). You can't upgrade the software since Republic uses specal software for calls over wifi.
For $19 a month with unlimited calls, text, and data, it's a pretty good deal if you get Sprint coverage. It will be a great deal once it comes with LTE data speeds and a device with a big screen!
38. wilsong17 (Posts: 725; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)
are yo dumb
go to republic wireless they have the coverage map
40. sectime (unregistered)
Ha if you believe that "map" then yo, you the fool. That "map" shows coverage where Verizon, AT&T, Sprint shows no coverage on their own maps.
42. Oslyo (Posts: 2; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)
I would agree with your statement about not holding your breath on them bringing out LTE phones by the end of summer. This company talks a good game but they are horrible at delivering. I've learned, the hard way, not to believe any promises or timelines they put out there for the public to read. They have a well-documented history of not meeting their lofty goals - probably the reason why they only have 50,000 customers in almost 2 years.
7. Troysyx (Posts: 134; Member since: 30 Jul 2012)
Let me tell you in one word why this company will not go far or work......Sprint.
12. bittertruth247 (Posts: 31; Member since: 03 May 2013)
It's funny listening to the negative comments about Sprint yet none of you Sprint haters realize that network satisfaction has a lot to do with where you live because I've had AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint for over 13 years and I love Sprint the most! I live smack dab in the middle of North Carolina and my sprint service is great! I downloaded a 2 hour movie in 10 minutes 2 months ago when they were beta testing 4G LTE so once it gets turned 100% on, it's going to be even faster! Sorry some of you live in sorry areas where Sprint isn't good but remember that technology does improve so get over it already! If you don't Sprint, just don't get them but stop trashing a service just because you personally have bad experiences! I hate Verizon and I think they're the most overpriced, overhyped carrier in the country! And I work for Best Buy Mobile so I hear bad things about every carrier-it is what it is!
14. Landmarkcm (Posts: 402; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)
Problem is Sprint is way to slow in getting there network up to date. It's not just the data. Dropped calls also & im in Las Vegas. I will say it's hard for me to get a signal inside where I live with all of them but Sprint is the worst. I recently gave them another try (as there map said I was in "best" coverage) I had to return it. My Sister etc I got on Family plan in CA same poor network problems. Pretty bad when metroPCS where im at now running on Tmobiles Lte is blowing them out of the water. Glad your having a good experience, but overall in areas where they should be better there not. I don't see how there still the number 3 carrier. They probably wont be for long
27. TruPatriot (Posts: 87; Member since: 27 May 2013)
How is Sprint way too slow? All of the other carriers are still upgrading their networks as well.
36. miles16852 (Posts: 202; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)
all of your rant is just that! useless! you need to re-read bittertruth comment again, ALL carriers have problems to someone!
24. Slammer (Posts: 929; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)
I commend you on your comment. People just don't get it. Where I live, we have all four major carriers and Sprint is awesome. I have colleagues that do not live where Sprint is and they wish they could get it rather than being tied to one of the two largest.
Rather than claiming Sprint sucks, they say it sucks they can't get Sprint. Much different approach and usually is the more mature response.
15. bittertruth247 (Posts: 31; Member since: 03 May 2013)
Let's not forget that Sprint has been acquired by Japanese giant Softbank and bought the rest of Clearwire which means newer and better technology coming! Geez people, there was a time 15 years ago that most of us couldn't use our phones in our homes because of terrible signals, now most of us can be in an elevator shaft and pull 2 bars! Technology can't be turned on overnight and yes, Sprint has been slow to add LTE but Verizon and AT&T had a 2 to 3 year head start, give Sprint some patience, in a year from now, we won't be having this conversation! I know I for one love my unlimited data plan that is a standard feature instead of having overpriced, capped service from the other carriers!
23. Landmarkcm (Posts: 402; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)
Tmobile now offers truly unlimited too. And if your in one of the already up and running markets running on metroPCS using Tmobile's network there good. I wouldnt really have considerd them before this. Just a shame Sprint cant get it together faster. Even there wimax was kind of a joke. But hey if your happy with Sprint thats good. Thats why we have choice right. Like I said I gave Sprint another try and im in a major city & there still bad. I remember being in Disneyland even and my family that had Sprint was complaining no service. But it varies with them all. Point is though at least right now overall Sprint is the worst network. Reports say that even when there is Lte is fully operational they will still be behind Tmobile.
28. TruPatriot (Posts: 87; Member since: 27 May 2013)
Tmobile and Metropcs are two different, separate networks.
30. Landmarkcm (Posts: 402; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)
Hello well not everywhere anymore in only certain areas like where im at. If your not aware Tmobile bought them and are slowly migrating them onto there HSPA+ & LTE coverage. So the coverage im getting with them in other words is one of there new GSM phones. Same coverage as Tmobiles at a slightly lower price as well :) If your in one of there markets offering this you can also bring your own unlocked phone. They plan to have everyone migrated by next year.
37. miles16852 (Posts: 202; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)
lol, a sprint hater! LOL! jealous much! your sprint RANTS are empty and stop your complaining!
29. lonewolf2873 (Posts: 40; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)
My work cell is Sprint. We have a signal booster at work so we can use phones in building. We are in a major city that sprint covers excellent. BUT they don't provide any of what they claim! Excellent coverage.. .What a crock. We needed a booster to get a signal. I live in another great coverage area. Service is garbage inside and out.
My personal phone? Droid RAZR Maxx HD on Verizon. It just works everywhere.
31. Landmarkcm (Posts: 402; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)
Exactly I didnt wanna deal with all that airave signal booster crap again & then it has problems. Like I said in my previous posts very happy right now where I am on metroPCS using Tmobiles network. I bet it wont be long before Tmobile overtakes Sprint as the number 3 carrier. Guess Ill be done trashing them now. You would just think they would be better.
32. truth4dummies (Posts: 3; Member since: 18 Jun 2013)
Wifi calls are extremely UNHEALTHY! Unless if you have headphones. The catch is reduced function of the brain (as you get older) headaches and a slew of others. Your health care bill later on down the line is the catch that plenty wish they could drop..
33. kanagadeepan (Posts: 634; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)
So where is the Catch? There is ONLY one... It uses Sprint 3G...
39. Andy44 (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)
I am a Republic Wireless customer. It is a great plan with the hybrid technology (Wi-Fi/Cellular) and there are no contracts. The current phone, Motorola DEFY XT, is functional. There will be three newer phones by the end of the year, but there are incentives to join Republic Wireless now. There will be upgrade options for existing customers when the new phones are introduced. The phone cost is reduced to $199 with the $19 a month plan and $79 with the $29 a month plan. There is also a $50 reduction in the phone cost when you add a second line by August 31, 2013. Finally, there is an initial $19 credit when you are referred by an existing Republic Wireless customer and the existing customer also gets a $19 credit. You are welcome to use my referral link. It is: referrals.republicwireless.com/a/clk/5cSjBy
41. Oslyo (Posts: 2; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)
What's the catch? The catch is that their prized 'seamless handoff' technology doesn't work. It hasn't worked since the division was created back in January 2010. So, that is over 3 1/2 years where they just can't get the phone and service to do what they envisioned it to do. Easily translated - this is one hack of a company. Plus, have you seen the list of problems this phone and service have? I found this list at another forum but will post it here. Yeah...if you're looking for a phone and service that 'just works' when you go to use it, this isn't it!
1.MMS is not supported – this means no sending or receiving pictures/videos/audio clips by text.
2.Short codes are not supported – those are the interactive texts to 5- and 6-digit numbers, like for paypal/facebook/netflix confirmation, “Voting” for your favorite reality tv show contestant, promos from your local coffee shop.
3.No Text-to-Email gateway – these are often used by alert systems to send a text to your_phone_number@your_provider.com.
4.No account suspension – other services offer a vacation hold. Nothing like that exists here.
5.Your number cannot be changed – if you move to a new area, RW does not change your phone number.
6.No tethering – the phone cannot be used as a Wi-Fi hotspot.
7.If you “root” your phone it will void your warranty and RW will not support it any longer. You cannot return a rooted phone under the 30 Day Guarantee.
8.Dialer cannot be programmed to accept a “pause” or “wait.”
9.Cannot change the amount of ring-time before the call goes to voicemail:
10.No international dialing. Calls may only be made to the US and Canada
11.No porting of a Google Voice number to Republic.
12.Republic is a VOIP provider, not cellular. When attempting to port out from RW, it is considered a landline, which may limit options.
13.No transferring of phones to new users or splitting/combining of accounts. No sales of service, though selling phone hardware is OK
15.No services in Hawaii, Alaska, or New Hampshire. (Phones will work there, but no local numbers, and you can’t register order a phone to be shipped to those states)
16.Voicemail has no “envelope” information and very few features.
17.Voicemail notification is not delivered if phone does not have cellular service.
18.911's caller id will be the underlying Sprint number unless the call is over wifi
19.No X11 number can be dialed, other than 911
20. No customer service other than their crowd-sourced public forums
21. Only ONE phone can be purchased. They do not sell anything other than the Defy XT using Gingerbread 2.3 - and no way to ever update the OS
Apparently, RW is doing their darndest to hide this list from potential customers who visit the RW website, but people are starting to drag it out of the darkness and share it on the web.
Also, if you're a RW customer and are frustrated with how they make you jump through hoops to get basic support, there are secret phone numbers at Yelp.