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Republic Wireless Now Accepts BYOP

Just recently, Republic Wireless unveiled a new GSM network agreement that they have signed with. Following this, the Sprint and T-Mobile based MVNO has announced that it is now possible for their customers to bring their own device onto the network; providing it has to be one of the devices included on Republic's approved list:

  • Moto G4
  • Moto G4 Plus
  • Moto X Pure Edition
  • Nexus 5X by LG
  • Nexus 6P by Huawei
  • Samsung Galaxy J3
  • Samsung Galaxy S6
  • Samsung Galaxy S7
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Prior to accepting BYOP as an option, deep firmware integration was required by Republic for its Wi-Fi calling and connection handling features. Now that Republic functions more like a traditional MVNO, customers have more access to smartphones they can use on Republic.

These supported models are the same as the ones being sold by Republic. If you already own one of these unlocked devices and you wish to start using Republic, all you need to do is install the Republic app from the Play Store so you can order a SIM. Through the app, your phone can be verified on whether it has been certified on the network. You can also activate your SIM card once you receive it.

Until tomorrow (August 12th) 9PM Eastern, you can enjoy a free SIM card from Republic. However, you do have to pay for shipping and tax. What's free is the $5 which is the usual price of the SIM card.


Source: Android Police

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  1. "Bring your own phone (as long as it costs at least three figures).

    Then put it on an overpriced monthly plan so we can sucker you into paying more for less!"

    The worst part is, people will actually fall for this.

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    1. You didn't even check Republic pricing before your rant. E.G.,
      $20/mo. for Unlim. TnT with 1GB.
      $30/mo. for Unlim. TnT with 2GB.
      $45/mo. for Unlim. TnT with 4GB.
      And you don't have to sign up friends and family, and listen to their excuses when the bill arrives.

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    2. "$20/mo. for Unlim. TnT with 1GB.
      $30/mo. for Unlim. TnT with 2GB.
      $45/mo. for Unlim. TnT with 4GB.
      And you don't have to sign up friends and family, and listen to their excuses when the bill arrives."

      Things to consider: Data is hard capped. When the plan data is consumed, data completely stops. You cannot simply add more data. To gain access to more data, you must change plans to the next higher level, you'll be charged the delta between the two plans, but the billing cycle does not change. For example, you are on the 2gb plan. On the 29th day of your billing cycle, you hit your data cap. Your data is cut off but you are traveling (the reason you used more data) and you NEED data because of work/family concerns. You bump up to the next tier, get charged $15. The next day you get charged $45 because you are now on the higher tier, which you won't need for the full month. Downgrades only happen at the END of a billing cycle, and YOU have to remember to change it.

      Your access to a day of data cost you minimum $30.

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    3. "You didn't even check Republic pricing before your rant."

      I did.

      Still worse than a Cricket group plan.

      "And you don't have to sign up friends and family, and listen to their excuses when the bill arrives."

      Or you could just join a Cricket group plan online, and tell friends/family to piss off.

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    4. "Still worse than a Cricket group plan."

      And much worse coverage than Cricket.

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  2. The J3 is on sale at Best Buy, $99 http://www.bestbuy.com/site/boost-mobile-samsung-galaxy-j3-prepaid-cell-phone-gold/4684101.p?id=bb4684101&skuId=4684101

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    1. That's the Boost Mobile J3, model SM-J320P. It's locked and won't work on Republic which requires a specific GSM unlocked version, model SM-J320A. See Republic Wireless Announces New "Clear Choice" Plans For Upcoming GSM Service | Prepaid Phone News for the specific model numbers Republic supports.

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  3. All those phones can be used on REAL providers.

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  4. lol...what makes Republic not a real provider?

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    1. 1sec latency makes it impossible to hold a conversation. Text messages commonly delayed by minutes, sometimes hours. All kinds of time zone and DST issues if you aren't on the east coast. No phone support, just a Web form, and they automatically farm that out to random people on their forum who get to see whatever private information you included. And that's just for starters...

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    2. "they automatically farm that out to random people on their forum"

      This. And they are not even the ambassadors. Ambassadors at least get to participate on conference calls with the mother ship. The people answering questions simply raised their hand when RW asked who wanted to do it. For all intent and purposes their knowledge is limited to parroted information from the open forums. Those forums are factual SOMETIMES. These people get paid for their service, so it's not as if it is true community support. Some of these people think they know so much, but actually are quite ignorant of the cell sphere. One in particular....

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  5. "lol...what makes Republic not a real provider?"

    https://www.reddit.com/r/republicwireless/comments/4xe0oi/since_you_didnt_believe_me_i_thought_id_give_proof/

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    1. I wouldn't take anything on reddit seriously.

      It's a heavily censored echo chamber comprised of mini-fiefdoms that get knocked off when they're an impediment to ad revenue from liberally slanted corporations who only value their own politics and opinions without respect for the kind of intellectual and/or philosophical discourse that can only be had in a forum where all ideas are welcome.

      In other words, reddit's basically an online playground/safe space for children, so they're not exactly worth citing.

      With that said, RW's always been something different than a straight up MVNO (even more so than RingPlus; comparable to Freedompop, TextNow and NextPlus) so people should go elsewhere if they're looking for standard cell service without any surprises.

      I'd recommend Cricket, but only because most MVNOs' rates still seem to be stuck in 2013.

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  6. Well, it's the first information out there about using a RW sim in a non RW sanctioned device. I don't hold reddit in as high contempt as you so I'm willing to consider this as a tidbit of information to consider until either proved or debunked. RW employees monitor/post on the sub reddit so I'm certain they will correct it if it's wrong and impacts their business.

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