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Republic Announces Expansion Plans for 2016

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During the CES event, guests were introduced to a range of new devices and gadgets that will soon hit the market. Taking advantage of this event, Lon France (a top executive from Sprint MVNO Republic Wireless) took to the sidelines and announced a new agreement they have made with a GSM-based wireless carrier. France divulged information that the MVNO will soon be selling a new, top-of-the-line Motorola GSM-based device by March or April.

Speaking to the audience, France promised that apart from the new smartphone, the MVNO will also be introducing an improved "next generation" version of their Wi-Fi calling service. When asked to give further details about the launch, the executive declined to comment.

Republic Wireless is a three-year-old MVNO that has been able to provide a number of Motorola devices operational on Sprint's network. With its announcement today, they will be offering service from an anonymous GSM-based carrier.
Considering AT&T and T-Mobile are the two GSM-based carriers in the country, many believe that this unnamed carrier could be T-Mobile as it is more open to MVNOs compared to the other alternative. According to the SVP of sales and marketing, the service plans they will be offering on the new carrier won't be too different from the ones that are on its Sprint service.

Another announcement made by the executive had something to do with handset financing plans. By April, devices may be purchased through an unnamed third-party payment vendor. Those with a suitable credit score may be able to get a phone through monthly installment instead of paying an upfront price.

With these announcements, Republic is doing its job to expand its distribution and marketing. The company indeed has high hopes for 2016 to be the MVNO's "coming out" year.


Source: FierceWireless

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  1. I've been biting my tongue for a while but really, Christine, please proof-read your copy! Read your first sentence for example. This is a continual issue with posted material as of late...

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    1. I don't sea anything wrong with it and ot be honest, I don't care if there are a few small mis steaks. Maek it your own babe!!

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    2. TheKnightWhoSaysNi!!!January 9, 2016 at 2:41 AM

      Gosh Christine, Brian's cast rather a gloom over the evening, hasn't he?
      Centurian.....Thwow him to tha fwoor!!!

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    3. At least he has a sore tongue for pretending to be the editor here. ;-)

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    4. Hey guys! I already edited the mistake on the first part of the article-- I forgot to delete a word when I was typing so it turned out redundant. Thanks for pointing out my mistake Brian! I'm not perfect at least you guys know it's not a robot writing here. :) Thanks for reading!

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  2. probably most likely it is T Mobile shame it couldn't be AT&T wwhen you're out of range of Wi-Fi you're likely out of T Mobile urban areas too!

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    1. There's no shame with the new Tmo Band 12 coverage they will offer on a high-end device. Tmo's faster network will improve service, too.
      It's an old myth that Tmo only has coverage in urban areas.
      Get your head out of the sand and check the latest coverage map.

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    2. I did. T-Mobile pretty much only has coverage in large urban areas. Their recent expansion hardly changed the coverage map: T-Mobile coverage is poor (less than half of the territory) in most states. Even eastern ones. A huge contrast, and so far behind, compared to AT&T and Verizon covering most of most states.

      If you average out county by county, with the situation of T-Mobile providing 10mbps in a few places in a state and 0mbps in most places... compared to the big networks providing at least 5mbps in the vast majority, T-Mobile is much slower. It's only fair in looking at network speed to average it out and take into consideration a networks coverage, instead of just cherry-picking the few places that have the network.

      "probably most likely it is T Mobile shame it couldn't be AT&T wwhen you're out of range of Wi-Fi you're likely out of T Mobile urban areas too!"

      If you throw a dart at the map of the US, even the eastern US, odds are it will hit a place that is covered by AT&T and Verizon, but not T-Mobile.

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    3. TMO recently expanded coverage in my rural area, which has now gone from almost all roaming to almost all native. There are no cities in my area save for 25, 35 or 55 in a direction. I have always been interested in the unique options offered on TMO MVNOs but never been able to use them bc of coverage. That has now changed and my next phone/service COULD run on TMO. I have a phone and a TMO MVNO sim that I have checked the improved coverage on and it would work just fine. And I would even lock in with TMO RW if the plans are the same, etc.

      If not, then I will go back to TF, which now they have BYOP makes them all the more interesting.

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  3. it is worth to take republic wireless only if u use no data at all, other wise who want to pay 40 dollars for 2gb data when u get the same from other sprint network mvnos like boost, freedom pop, ringplus etc for 30 dollars or less.

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  4. RW makes absolutely no sense unless you use less than 500mb/month. Their WiFi service is also plagued with issues like missed calls, missed SMS, and MMS incompatibilities with multiple carriers. The company has no customer service number, only forums. You're better off paying a consistent bill with a reputable carrier.

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    1. Not good at math? Republic still costs $1 less than Fi for 1.8GB/month.
      Did you also miss the point about Republic offering a second carrier?

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    2. The post does not mention Fi. How about RingPlus - same Sprint carrier - 1.7gb lots of talk and text ZERO COST. RW is gouging their flock and they are such sheep they don't even realize.

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  5. Hopefully they can make something work. It will be crazy if they add a second carrier before they get MMS with Cricket. Unfortunately their mantra is......... soon

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  6. This might be their rabbit out of the hat to be pulled just before they force everyone off the unlimited plans to their new over priced data plans.

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  7. If the pricing isn't comparable with Project-Fi's then what's the use? Do they still prorate your unuses data even? I doubt it because how would stay in business then. I think most would want complete stock android too. Moto has done a good job don't get me wrong, but the current update lack is a smack in the face to its customers. Then again I speak as one using the Moto E 2015 to post this.

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    1. Republic and Fi both cost $40+tax at 2GB. They both charge you for the data you use. That is competitive.

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    2. "Republic and Fi both cost $40+tax at 2GB. They both charge you for the data you use. That is competitive."

      So we would have to compare other factors. Like MMS interoperability. Hardware portability. Underlying number unwanted calls. International calling and data. Number of native networks. Data only SIM availability. Calls and text from other devices. Customer service. Custom voicemail greetings. Philosophy WiFi first vs best network available. Hobby vs professional engineering.

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  8. As a former "unlimited data" Republic user who switched to unlimited talk and text only, nothing they can do now will switch me back. I'm stuck at home in a CDMA-only wasteland and if anything, I'd switch to Boost for cheap unlimited everything. Only thing they have going for them is Unlimited Talk and SMS for $10, and that is if it is working properly at the time.

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  9. Republic Wireless is the most laughed-about MVNO out there. Here you have a piddly, little company wanting to go up against Google Fi, and they do so by charging 50% more than Fi?? Nope, not gonna happen. No one is going to pay $15/GB for cell data on the worst rated network - Sprint - when Fi is only charging $10 and offering so many more features on a dual network. RW only has ~300k customers and they're bleeding them fast as you see post after post on their website of people leaving for Fi or Cricket or Consumer Cellular. $85 for 5GB of 4G?? Hahahaha...RW, you really need to pull your head outta your...

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    1. Unfortunate Republic's troubles seem to have sunk RingTo too. I guess Bandwidth will consolidate in 2016 and re-focus on their core B2B business.

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    2. Their current custom rom implementations are not reliable. So many complaints about call and text issues. I tried them and fled. Their only chance is if they introduce a BYOP plan on this new carrier and all that is needed on the phone is an app. Even then their marketing will find a way to screw it up.

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  10. Republic is competitive with all carriers except FreedomPop and Ringplus for Unlimited TnT plus 1GB, even with taxes included. The second carrier will be better for many.
    I don't think they need to change anything for now.
    They don't want you data hogs, so don't bother.

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    1. Data hogs! There's a blast from the past. Don't concern yourself. 99% of the phone using public will look at the data cost, laugh and move on. Especially given the need to buy a dedicated phone that can't even be taken to Sprint. But I'm sincerely glad you are happy with them. Unfortunately you and the rest of the gang of twelve may not be enough to sustain them.

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    2. "Data hogs" are no more real than the monster hiding in your closet.

      They're a scary story telco's tell their customers in order to keep them cowed and suckered.

      https://www.dslreports.com/shownews/The-Bandwidth-Hog-is-a-Myth-117230

      "Limiting the amount of miles a driver can drive, does nothing to widen the roads and little to keep people off the roads during traffic jams, thus does not help with congestion."

      Congestion, if it actually exists, is nothing more than a function of networks failing to either expand capacity or build side roads in order to address increasing demand (using the corresponding increase in per-subscriber revenue)

      All they've done is set up toll booths every few miles to collect ever-increasing dues from their growing number of subscribers.

      In fact, if it wasn't for congestion, they wouldn't have as many opportunities to hike rates and gouge prices in exchange for "turning on the tap."

      The reality is that networks actively facilitate network problems through laziness, neglect and lack of needed investment, all despite relatively static upkeep and growing subscriber numbers.

      They do it as a means of making more money for providing less service, all while scapegoating a mythical boogeyman in order to distract people from the truth.

      And they all get away with it, too, because nobody realizes (or wants to point out) what a bunch of frauds and charlatans they actually are.

      Then again, I suppose there's a certain respect to be had for those that are so skilled at making complete and utter fools out of everyone.

      The greatest trick the ISPs ever pulled was convincing the world they're not responsible for network congestion.

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    3. After July of next year the poster will have his wish. There will be no data hogs on Repub. No-one who uses any amount of data is going to be stupid enough to stay.

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    4. The DSL Reports article is about wired broadband which can be expanded indefinitely by adding more cables. Available spectrum and Shannon's Law put finite limits on mobile capacity. There simply isn't enough spectrum to replace wired broadband with mobile on a large scale.

      What's supposed to happen July, 2017?

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    5. My bad. It's last day of July THIS year. They have announced all Repub. users will be forced into pay per byte plans. No more unlimited 3g or 4g plans after that date.

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    6. ""Data hogs" are no more real than the monster hiding in your closet."

      True. The concept of a "data hog" as applied to someone who uses the service they paid for and no more is as valid as calling someone a "book hog" for buying a 22-chapter book and daring to read past page 33. Or calling someone a "burger hog" for buying a hamburger and taking more than one bite of it.

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    7. Spectrum may be limited, but offloading call/texts/data to wifi has been an idea for at least 6 years.

      Case in point - Republic Wireless, Project Fi, Hangouts, Nextplus, Textnow, and every other VoIP service ever.

      All (worthwhile) smartphones come with wifi capabilities which can be tailored by carriers to connect to in-range hotspots

      The problem is that mobile telcos were late to develop inter-network offloading strategies because they were too concerned with short-term profit-mongering

      Everyone's up in arms about bandwidth hogs, but it's the industry that's actively avoided trying to invest in and solve the problem for over half a decade.

      It doesn't help that their land-based alternatives are also trying to find ways to limit and devalue their services instead of trying to improve them to meet demand.

      Big ISPs, not bandwidth hogs, are the ones trying to bring down the internet under the weight of their greed.

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    8. "True. The concept of a "data hog" as applied to someone who uses the service they paid for and no more is as valid as calling someone a "book hog" for buying a 22-chapter book and daring to read past page 33."

      This! This! This! OMG the misguided vitriol on their support forum last summer. All of it directed at people who dared to use data within the TOS of their plans. This summer should be hilarious and heartbreaking.

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    9. You data hogs know who you are. Makes no sense to beat on Republic for not letting you hog 100s of fast GB on an unlimited plan. Now that you've ruined Karma's Go, you will have to raid somebody else's Unlimited data plan.

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    10. "letting you hog 100s of fast GB"

      This seems like trolling, but in an era of widespread mobile propaganda I sometimes can't tell whether or not people actually believe the meme that carriers will "run out of gigabytes."

      It's like nobody knows what a megabyte even is, and the industry's entire business model is based on customer confusion.

      Oh wait...

      http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/09/technology/how-to-budget-megabytes-becomes-more-urgent-for-users.html?_r=2&pagewanted=all



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    11. "I sometimes can't tell whether or not people actually believe the meme that carriers will run out of gigabytes."
      Mobile bandwidth is a finite resource. http://www.prepaidphonenews.com/2016/01/heres-why-we-dont-have-unlimited-mobile.html

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    12. Maybe a troll. Maybe not. Maybe sincere belief. Some of the RW crowd got incensed when they were told by RW they had been subsidizing people who used more than a gig. Even though the ads and TOS said 5gb/unlimited. Total irrational behavior displayed in public forum.

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    13. ShearSwineAllCryAndNoWoolJanuary 10, 2016 at 2:18 AM

      "They don't want you Data-Hogs, so don't bother!"

      Don't wrestle with a pig, you both get filthy-dirty but the pig loves it!

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    14. "You data hogs know who you are. Makes no sense to beat on Republic for not letting you hog 100s of fast GB on an unlimited plan. Now that you've ruined Karma's Go, you will have to raid somebody else's Unlimited data plan."

      You are being silly. These so-called "Hogs" are using no more than the advertised service they are paid for. Of COURSE they should beat on Republic Wireless if Republic takes their money and refuses to live up to their side of the bargain.

      And people using what they paid for did not 'ruin' Karma. If anyone caused a problem, Karma did by promising something they couldn't deliver.

      Anyway, those who use "100s of GB" on plans that they pay for that advertised unlimited deserve a pat on the back for being wise consumers.

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    15. "Data hogs" always use more mobile data than they should reasonably expect, based on the terms and conditions they accepted when they signed up for service. 'Unlimited use does not mean unreasonable use,' that 'affects other users,' and 'the carrier gets to decide what is unreasonable use.'
      Read your plan's terms and conditions, and you will seem words like this.
      Rationalize all you want; data hogs take more than they deserve, and their excessive use affects other users.
      Too many hogs eventually cause carriers to kill or cripple unlimited plans.

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    16. The argument is silly. First off, how can any business be respected that says "Come join our plan! But please don't actually use our plan!" Second, the balance of power is totally lopsided. The user has a device and a connection to a service. The provider controls EVERYTHING else. Price, connection speed, maintenance of account, records of use, etc. If the provider doesn't have enough brains or brawn to keep track of their users and ensure they are within the TOS, that's on them. It's impossible to be a data hog if your provider accepts your payment each month.

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    17. Isn't that why people have their knickers in a twist?

      Republic had the brains to keep track of their users and now are using their brawn to make changes to prevent the unwanted behavior.

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    18. "Isn't that why people have their knickers in a twist?"

      Maybe some places, but at Republic specifically, the CEO stated they were profitable with the original plans. And they had already taken steps to curb those "abusing" the service. Many of those publicly outed as data hogs were well within the 5gb provided by the TOS. Tribalism. Customers demanding other customers leave because they didn't understand and appreciate the "philosophy". And not quelled by the moderators. This was in the forum they use for first level customer support. To be fair to Republic a representative did post they valued everyone on the original plans. DUH.

      I like the concept of reasonably priced paygo data. However the change at Republic pitted customer against customer and it was not pretty. I think they are destined for a repeat when the original plans finally expire in July.

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    19. "If the provider doesn't have enough brains or brawn to keep track of their users and ensure they are within the TOS, that's on them."
      Right! This is exactly what the cheaters and data hogs believe. They don't care what the TOS say, the ones they accepted. Their attitude is they will take all they can, hack their way around controls if necessary to get more, and it's not cheating or stealing, even when they are caught.
      "That's on them" to catch us. When stopped, they squeal like pigs and flame the company.

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    20. Not the case at Republic. Those labeled data hogs were well below the 5gb the TOS provided. They simply used more than the "average" user, and the data minuets blasted them for causing Republic to lose money and demanded they leave. The people ignoring TOS and hacking are not hogs, they are minor league crooks who rightfully should be held responsible for theft of service. Still, a company should have visibility and simply terminate their service. Not the case with Republic. Apples and oranges.

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  11. Had two family members on republic. It was impossible to carry on a voice call with either. They bought new Nexus phones for Christmas and joined Google Fi. They are much happier with their new service. And so are we. Their voice calls are crystal clear. This family will pass all around. But thanks anyway.

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  12. Bandwidth, the company behind Republic, provides phone services to Google for GV and Project Fi.

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    1. RW and RT were nice experiments but I wouldn't be surprised if Bandwidth gets out of B2C to concentrate on their B2B strengths.

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    2. It's fair to say that with so few customers, it's a failed experiment that will forever be in a quasi alpha/beta state. Republic Wireless wasn't ready for prime-time back in 2011 when they launched, and they still aren't ready for prime-time customers. Just take a look at their public forums, which they use as a make-shift customer service center, PAGES upon PAGES of complaints about the reliability of the service and the complete lack of customer support. You have the same 6-8 fanboys trying to prop up this company's poor attitude toward customers by apologizing and making excuses for everything Republic can't get right, and again, that's after being at it for 4+ years.

      R.I.P Republic

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  13. Been a RW customer since Beta, Love em
    Granted I've spent around $149 total for 5 years of phone service
    120 of that was for phones.
    Never had any real issues with services, don't use much data
    But forcing us to pick something else in July will likely be our divorce

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