$19 a month everything unlimited plan, by Republic Wireless

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Howdy there! Why, you sure don't need no nobody telling you that the size of monthly plan payments is through the roof – that's just a fact. Nay, instead, we're here to break the news that a new boy is in town – Republic Wireless – and it offers you pretty much everything for $19 a month.

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.

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42 Comments

1. Sauce unregistered

So where's the catch? There isn't one.. EXCEPT...! Lol....

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 30885; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

This is a great plan, as long as they have nice phones.

9. g2a5b0e unregistered

Try reading the article before you comment next time.

20. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

Republic Wireless uses two devices LG Optimus and Moto Defy. They promise better phones with LTE this summer.

22. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

I found the link:https://community.republicwireless.com/blogs/republic/2013/03/01/state-of-the-republic-v-1-issue-25 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: Nov 26, 2012

They have one phone....only. makes choice simple doesn't it.

21. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

They also allow the LG Optimus on their plan so it's not one phone per se.

4. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

When WiFi signal is gone, you roll into Sprint's network. In other words, dial up data speeds.

8. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 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: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 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: 864; Member since: May 23, 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: May 18, 2013

uh iPhone 5 GS4 GS3 LTE version Note 2 LTE version

34. sectime unregistered

uh Nokia Lumia 925 Blackberry Q10 & Z10 Sony Experia Z HTC One

35. miles16852

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

WRONG! there is MORE then one, go look again!

25. TruPatriot

Posts: 110; Member since: May 27, 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: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 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 unregistered

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: Aug 07, 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.

5. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Oh and nice paid article PA.

6. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

Please come to New England baby.

7. Troysyx

Posts: 181; Member since: Jul 30, 2012

Let me tell you in one word why this company will not go far or work......Sprint.

26. TruPatriot

Posts: 110; Member since: May 27, 2013

You're too short sighted.

10. samnote

Posts: 33; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Nice sin sissamouth pic @ som

12. bittertruth247

Posts: 36; Member since: May 03, 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: 507; Member since: Aug 11, 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: 110; Member since: May 27, 2013

How is Sprint way too slow? All of the other carriers are still upgrading their networks as well.

36. miles16852

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

all of your rant is just that! useless! you need to re-read bittertruth comment again, ALL carriers have problems to someone!

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