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Republic Wireless Adds New GSM Carrier Partner, Expands Smartphone Lineup

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Republic Wireless, a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) that uses major US wireless carrier Sprint’s network, has announced today that it has a certain countrywide GSM carrier partner (yet to be named) that claims to have the fastest 4G LTE network in the nation. Industry watchers are saying that this new carrier partner is likely to be T-Mobile. If this turns out to be true, then it means that Republic Wireless is now in a good position to begin providing its services in rural and suburban areas, especially those locations where T-Mobile is expanding its coverage.

Apart from announcing a new carrier partner, Republic Wireless also revealed that it is planning to add no less than six new Android powered mobile devices to its current lineup of smartphones. Beginning in July of this year, the Wi-Fi-first MVNO will start selling Samsung’s newest flagship devices (the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge), the Galaxy S6, and the Galaxy J3, as well as LG’s Nexus 5X, Motorola’s Moto X Pure Edition, and Huawei’s Nexus 6P.

These new smartphones will all launch with the new carrier partner. According to a spokesperson from Republic Wireless, Sprint is currently finalizing a few details before launch, which makes sense considering that the mobile solution is SIM-based, but those devices should have Sprint service soon.

Before, Republic Wireless only provided mobile service on a couple of low end Motorola devices. The reason for this is that the MVNO’s calling technology needed to install specialized software on mobile users’ handsets. But with the upcoming new smartphone additions, Republic Wireless can now boast a wider range of handset options compared to Google’s Project Fi, a rival Wi-Fi-centric MVNO. To date, Project Fi only has the LG Nexus 5X and the Huawei Nexus 6P.

Republic Wireless is in the process of testing and certifying new smartphones that can leverage its Adaptive Coverage, a feature that makes full use of Bonded Calling technology in order to further enhance the quality of phone calls made over Wi-Fi. Apart from improving overall call quality, Bonded Calling technology also minimizes the occurrence of frequent Wi-Fi-to-cellular switching, which can be costly.

Lastly, Republic Wireless has also revealed that it is planning to introduce new pricing plans along with the new smartphone additions to its portfolio. No details have been made public yet regarding the new pricing plans, but the MVNO has hinted that a $20 a month option will come with unlimited voice calls, text messaging, and 1 gigabyte of LTE data.



Source: PRWeb

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  1. Perfect timing as Google coming out with its I/O. I guess RW has a hint of what's coming from Google.

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  2. If wifi calling is your thing, you could use Hangouts on US Mobile's $22/2.5GB plan, Big T's $30/5GB plan, Walmart's $50/10GB plan or Metro's $60 unlimited everything plan.

    If you can live with throttled data, Cricket offers $20/2.5GB and $30/5GB group plans with unlimited calling and texting, plus a grab bag of goodies like bill credits and phone discounts.

    As for RW, their plans include far too little data and their phones cost too much.

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    1. exactly. if wifi calling is what i want why i need a cell phone connection.

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  3. Once activated the Project Fi SIM works in other devices with just T-Mobile service. Wouldn't it be cool if RW's did the same thing and they still offer a $10 U/U plan with no data. Get a decent dual SIM phone, pop in the RW $10 T/T SIM and a Freedompop GSM SIM with free data into the other slot. Unlimited talk and text, free data up to about 700mb. $10/mo plus tax. Sweet. Let's see if that comes about.

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    1. Freepop only gives 200mb free on sim, and tops you up when balance hits 100mb.

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    2. I don't know of any dual sim phone that supports Tmobile band 12.

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    3. "I don't know of any dual sim phone that supports Tmobile band 12."

      http://www.amazon.com/FIGO-Atrium-5-5-Smartphone-International/dp/B01BUKH344

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    4. "Freepop only gives 200mb free on sim, and tops you up when balance hits 100mb."

      That's starters. With data sharing (multiple accounts) and Freedom Friends, getting to 700mb is easily done. Some users say their data availability keeps growing beyond that.

      http://www.howardforums.com/showthread.php/1878321-FreedomPop-is-offering-GSM-service-now/page25

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    5. I'm in the RingPlus ecosystem or I would be doing this right now with Lyca paygo and FreedomPop data.

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    6. I guess the FIGO Atrium is a decent phone, but the screen res, processor and RAM specs are too low for me.

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    7. The Blu Life One X also supports Band 12 LTE.

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  4. While this is great, I don't think it's a good value. First, RW charges post-paid taxes and fees on top of their rates so add $3-5/line. Second, these phones are 20-50% more expensive than typical retail/sale pricing (e.g 5X is $199 on Fi). Third, you're getting much less data per dollar than similar rate plans from Cricket, Metro, or Boost. Fourth, if you need multiple lines there is more value in getting a group/family plan (e.g T-Mobile $30/120 family plan). Given these factors there is a every small group of customers that would benefit from these new additions. RW is still missing a lot of value-added features like international data, roaming, or real-time customer service which makes it worth paying a bit more for other services.

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  5. I thank Republic Wireless and Google for their current work in communication networking. Yes, there are some rough edges here, with Google at work one can be sure it will be history very soon. Google, please be on the side of users, we know you are in business and should make money, but don't be greedy.

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  6. Dennis, Is the intention of adding say T-mobile to Republic Wireless to be like Google Fi (where it picks the strongest signal between wifi/T-mobile/Sprint) or to pick your cell provider at signup (either T-mobile or Sprint)?

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    1. That's hard to say. Three of the new phones listed (Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P and Moto X Pure Edition) are capable of working om either Sprint or T-Mobile out of the box. However, Republic's press release doesn't specify whether its new phones will be able to switch from one network to the other like Project Fi or not.

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  7. I think the $20/month +t GSM plan is an excellent value and will be a good seller for Republic, especially with the expanded choice of phones.

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  8. Republic used to offer unlimited data for $19 + taxes and fees but you had to use the Motorola Defy XT. Now RW allows decent phones but won't give you any data.
    Republic Wireless continues to disappoint.

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  9. I got the email a week or so ago saying I can get the old $25 3G Unlimited "Invisible 5GB Hardcap" Data Plan back. Tough luck, I'm keeping the $10 Unlimited Talk and Text with WiFi Data Only as my backup/home phone. These guys are not to be trusted. I'll roll with Unlimited Everything on Cricket as my primary and not look back.

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  10. The following statement from the article is not true:
    "Before, Republic Wireless only provided mobile service on a couple of low end Motorola devices."
    Apparently Christine does not know about the Moto X (2014) XT1094, which you can still buy used and activate with Republic.

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