Updated. Republic Wireless is a mobile phone service that uses WiFi internet to place calls and text whenever possible, saving both you and them money. When WiFi is unavailable, you fall back onto Sprint cell towers. No contracts, but you must buy a phone from them as you cannot bring your own. Some new updates:
- Moto X. As of November 14th, you can buy the new Moto X smartphone for $299 (Engadget, Anandtech reviews). You can still buy the old Defy XT for $99 but it’s pretty old.
- Switch between plans for free. You can switch between any of the new plan options, up to twice per month, with no penalty. This means you could upgrade to 4G for a week or a month if you need it, and even downgrade to the $5 or $10 plan if you are traveling or don’t plan to use any data that month. Nice flexibility
- MMS now supported. MMS (multimedia/picture texting) is now officially working with all major carriers and most regional carriers.
Four New Plans
Here’s a new graphic that explains the plans pretty succinctly:
- $5/month = WiFi only. No WiFi = Nothing works.
- $10/month = WiFi + Talk + Text. Unlimited talk and text, no cellular data.
- $25/month = WiFi + Talk + Text + 3G Data. Unlimited talk, text, 3G data.
- $40/month = WiFi + Talk + Text + 4G Data. Unlimited talk, text, 3G/4G data.
Prices don’t included taxes and surcharges. Below is information quoted about their Acceptable Use Policy: