Republic Wireless today revealed new "Republic 3.0" service plans. The new plans, which Republic also calls "Clear Choice Plans", will be available in July when Republic begins selling its new "Republic 3.0" phones operating on T-Mobile.
Compared with Republic's current 2.0 (aka "Refund") plans, the new plans include more data at comparable price points. However that's an apples to oranges comparison because data on the Clear Choice plans is "use it or lose it". The Refund plans give users a refund for their unused data at the end of the month. Republic says it's moving away from refund plans because customers preferred plans that offered higher data allotments over ones that offered refunds.
The minimum monthly cost for Republic 3.0 will be $15 per month compared with $5 per month with the current 2.0 plans. That's because there's no 3.0 version of Republic 2.0's $5/month WiFi only plan. In addition, the price of the 3.0 version of Republic's unlimited talk and messaging, no data plan is higher at $15, compared with $10 for the 2.0 equivalent.
Although the Nexus 5x and 6p and Moto X Pure Edition are "universal" devices capable of operating on all four US national networks, Republic has confirmed that, at least initially, they will only use T-Mobile, not Sprint, when activated on Republic. Republic is working with Sprint to offer Republic 3.0 phones on the CDMA network.
The 2.0 plans aren't going away. In fact they will be the only plan options for customers with Republic's recent Sprint based phones, the Moto E (1st and 2nd Gen.), Moto G (1st and 3rd Gen.), and Moto X (1st and 2nd Gen.).
The table below provides a side by side comparison of Republic's 3.0 and 2.0 plans.
|Current Republic 2.0 (CDMA) Refund Plans||New Republic 3.0 (GSM) Clear Choice Plans|
|Monthly Cost 1||Voice and Messaging||Cellular Data with ReFunds||Monthly Cost 1||Voice and Messaging||Cellular Data No Refunds|
|$5||Unlimited (WiFi Only)||None||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|$10||Unlimited (WiFi & Cell)||None||$15||Unlimited (WiFi & Cell)||None|
|$17.50||Unlimited (WiFi & Cell)||0.5 GB||$20||Unlimited (WiFi & Cell)||1 GB|
|$25||Unlimited (WiFi & Cell)||1 GB||$30||Unlimited (WiFi & Cell)||2 GB|
|$40||Unlimited (WiFi & Cell)||2 GB||$45||Unlimited (WiFi & Cell)||4 GB|
|$55||Unlimited (WiFi & Cell)||3 GB||$60||Unlimited (WiFi & Cell)||6 GB|
|N/A||N/A||N/A||$90||Unlimited (WiFi & Cell)||10 GB|
Source: Republic Wireless
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