Republic Wireless to offer you all the talk, text and data you can eat for $20 a month
The advantages to this service are clear, but there are some caveats. You are locked into the use of one specific Android model, described as an entry level LG Optimus One which will automatically switch the phone back and forth between Wi-Fi and a 3G network. You will be able to use Wi-Fi for both talk and text and there will be no contract to sign which means no Teremination Fees but also means no subsidized new handsets. You can leave your email at the sourcelink to receive a notification and a special offer when the service is ready to rollout.
Republic Wireless will probably not draw many customers away from the top four U.S. carriers. Customers of AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile usually are those who don't mind locking in for 2 years of higher priced service in exchange of paying less for the latest and greatest device. Instead, the $20 unlimited monthly pan could put a dent in pre-paid carriers like MetroPCS. The latter has done well lately by offering low to mid-level Android models with plenty of features and charging a monthly rate for service. For those smartphone users who just want some of the basic Android features and aren't interested in owning the newest models, Republic Wireless could end up saving them plenty of money in an economy that shows no signs of turning.
source: RepublicWireless via TechCrunch