Republic Wireless, the innovative start-up that launched with an unlimited voice, messaging and data for a mere $19/month in November - and then stopped accepting new Beta customers after only a day? The Beta was supposed to reopen in early 2012 but that hasn't happened.
It looks like there's new hope. Yesterday in a post on the company blog, Republic announced that the Beta will tentatively reopen in June. Users who would like to join the Beta are asked to "stay tuned", whatever that means. Hopefully it doesn't mean that everyone who already signed up at republicwireless.com/join will lose their place in line!
The blog post is accompanied by a timeline of upcoming milestones which include:
- April: a new phone model to supplement or replace the LG Optimus S that's only phone that works with the service currently.
- May: Republic will implement seamless hand-offs between WiFi and cellular calling.
- June: re-opening of the limited beta.
The idea of shifting mobile traffic to cheaper, higher bandwidth WiFi is a sound one. I'm rooting for Republic to make this work but the sudden shutoff of Beta signups and the failure to make publicity announced dates doesn't inspire confidence. Hopefully the Beta will reopen in June and will stay open long enough to accommodate everyone who is interested.