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Republic Wireless $19/month Plan Finally Out of Beta

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Republic Wireless has brought its $19/month unlimited plan out of beta, offering the first compatible smartphone for pre-order.

Republic Wireless reports that its mobile plan for $19 per month is finally out of beta. For the price, users supposedly get unlimited text, talk and data over Wi-Fi and cellular (plus taxes). There are no contracts, no overages and no hidden fees, and there isn't even an early termination fee if a member chooses to cancel the service.

The first compatible phone for the Republic Wireless plan is the dual-band Motorola DEFY XT which is now available for pre-order. The dual-band aspect means the phone will make calls on a Wi-Fi network when it is available, and on Sprint's cellular network when it is not. Customers can purchase up to four Motorola devices which will begin shipping in mid-December.

"You can pre-order your dual-band DEFY XT today for $249 plus a $10 start-up fee and applicable taxes. Your start-up fee includes shipping and handling," said Jim Mulcahy, EVP & GM, Republic Wireless. "Your first $19 monthly membership will be charged when your phone ships. Don't forget, we'll continue to offer a 30-day money back guarantee so you can join republic with no risk."

The Motorola DEFY XT features a 3.7-inch display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass, a 1 GHz SoC, 512 GB of RAM, and 1 GB of internal storage. There's also a microSD card for adding an additional 32 GB, a 5MP camera on the back and a front-facing webcam, 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity, Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" and more.

"We’ve come a long way over the past year and we couldn’t have done it without the support and great feedback from our community full of people like you," Mulcahy said. "Together, we’ve set a new bar for mobile and we’re thrilled that you’re part of this journey with us. We’ll continue to improve the republic experience, so please keep your feedback coming."

Republic Wireless announced its plans to launch a $19/month unlimited plan back in November 2011. The company said that unlike cellular spectrum, wireless is ubiquitous and cheap, and should be used instead of the more costly cellular alternative. That led to the development of its Hybrid Calling tech which routes everything over Wi-Fi when possible.

"We hold this to be self-evident: that the best, fastest, and highest-value network is the Wi-Fi you already have in your home and office," said David Morken, co-founder and CEO of republic wireless’ parent company, Bandwidth.com. "We believe that most smartphones should be communicating over Wi-Fi natively, and only using cellular spectrum if needed, not all the time."

For more information about getting started with Republic Wireless, head here.

 

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    tbake , November 20, 2012 4:17 PM
    Sounds good. We'll see. Only need up to date hardware.
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    cegeuu , November 20, 2012 4:28 PM
    512GB of RAM , well that escalated quickly
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    RADIO_ACTIVE , November 20, 2012 4:36 PM
    I hope this takes off and they offer better phones. Its a heck of a deal.
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    a1b2c3 , November 20, 2012 4:54 PM
    So, if your internet connection is not top-of-the-line, and you have wireless turned on, then your phone call will sound like cr@p.
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    bigdragon , November 20, 2012 5:08 PM
    Now we get to see just how abusively overpriced Verizon and AT&T are. $19 a month is a great price compared to the competition. That's just a little more than what I pay for my dumbphone each month.
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    DRosencraft , November 20, 2012 5:28 PM
    Yeah, I'm guessing that supposed to be 512 MB, not 512 GB. This sounds like a potentially amazing bargain. Maybe now that i'ts out of Beta, more phone makers will cater to this service so there are some more options for phones. The only problem now is upping residential internet speeds and getting their prices down.
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    freggo , November 20, 2012 5:30 PM
    "smartphones should be communicating over Wi-Fi natively, and only using cellular spectrum if needed, not all the time."

    Can't argue with that. I hope, however, they have an override function in case of a marginal WIFI signal so you can instantly switch to cellular mode.
    This could free up some bandwidth especially in the congested downtown areas of our cities.
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    g00fysmiley , November 20, 2012 5:35 PM
    as a sprint user.. i just shake my hed more discount retailers on the already slow network, fo rthe price here it is worth it, but sprint needs to pick up thier game and get on the 4g game like last year, but seem uninterested in expanding coverage and instead constantly talk about thier "upgrades" to current towers in my town /shakes head.
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    robochump , November 20, 2012 8:43 PM
    Cant imagine Republic Wireless will make much money on the service since they are piggy backing on big cellular providers so most likely their earnings will be from cell phone sales. Thus cell phone is barely mid-ranged but easily marked up.
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    Kami3k , November 20, 2012 9:21 PM
    bigdragonNow we get to see just how abusively overpriced Verizon and AT&T are. $19 a month is a great price compared to the competition. That's just a little more than what I pay for my dumbphone each month.


    They also use the competition's network....
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    abbadon_34 , November 20, 2012 10:20 PM
    from their website

    "As long as you play nice, and try to use Wi-Fi as much as you can"

    sounds more like a cordless phone than a cell phone
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    otacon72 , November 20, 2012 11:37 PM
    Gimmick more than anything else.
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    amlman , November 21, 2012 3:43 PM
    here in Israel, we have unlimited plans (3000 min + sms, 2-3GB @ 2mbps) for ~20-25$ (79-99NIS).
    no wifi nonsense, bring your own phone.
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