Republic Wireless to offer you all the talk, text and data you can eat for $20 a month

Republic Wireless to offer you all the talk, text and data you can eat for $20 a month
Looking for a way to fight back against high monthly carrier invoices? Starting November 8th, a new company called Republic Wireless will allow you unlimited talk, text and data over your Android device for $20 per month. How do they do this? The company, a part of Bandwidth.com, uses a technology that is embedded in some Android smartphones similar to UMA. This technology allows users to make phone calls over Wi-Fi. Outside of the Wi-Fi area, calls will be run over Sprint's cellular network using minutes bought in bulk by Republic Wireless. The company is negotiating with other carriers as well.

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



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6 Comments

1. ibap

Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

It will be interesting to see how this pans out. I've wondered why no one besides T-Mobile offers wi-fi calling.

2. jbash

Posts: 345; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

I'm very interested, found my new business line. $20 unlimited cant beat that, considering im always on wifi.

3. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Wow, this is interesting... May be a good alternative to my kids verizon feature phones that are coming up on end of contract. Hopefully the phone performance is good and it has full Android functionality, not gimped with access to the Market, etc..

4. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

My interest is piqued, i want to see where this goes. the company also seems to have a sense of humor.

5. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Very, very intriguing.

6. belovedson

Posts: 1060; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

interesting

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