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Newly Independent Republic Wireless Offering Six Months Free Service

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Republic Wireless is now an independent company. Bandwidth Inc, Republic's parent company, has spun off the 5 year old Wi-Fi first Sprint and T-Mobile MVNO. Bandwidth has provided Republic with $30 million in initial funding. Republic co-founder and COO Chris Chuang will become Republic's new CEO, replacing fellow co-founder David Morken who will be the chairman of Republic's board of directors. The spinoff will have no immediate effect on Republic's service.

According to new CEO Chaung, Republic generates $100 million in annual revenue and is profitable. Industry sources estimate that Republic has around 300,000 subscribers.

The newly independent MVNO also announced a holiday promotion today. From December 7 through December 12 Republic will be selling two phones at reduced prices and both phones will come six months of free service. The discounted phones are the soon to be released Huawei Ascend 5W for $129 (reg $179) and the Motorola Moto Z Play for $349 (reg $449). The Moto Z Play features a Snapdragon 625 SOC, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB internal memory, 5.5" 1080 x 1920 px AMOLED screen, SD card slot, 16 M5 rear and 5 MP front cameras and a non-removable 3510 mAh battery. I have not been able to find any specifications for Huawei Ascend 5W.

Both phones operate on Republic's GSM (T-Mobile network) service. The six months free service is on Republic's $20/month unlimited Talk, Messaging and 1 GB data plan.

Republic is a "WiFi-first" operator that routes voice, messaging and data traffic over WiFi whenever possible using Android phones with custom software. Republic offers plans starting at $10 for unlimited talk and messaging on the Sprint network. T-Mobile based plans start at $15. See our  Prepaid Operator Profile: Republic Wireless for details of Republic's plans and services.

Source Press Release

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  1. Can Republic wireless phone be on long and use on AT&T and T-Mobile

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  2. I don't understand this company. You pay them $15-20 a month to use your own wifi?

    "According to new CEO Chaung, Republic generates $100 million in annual revenue and is profitable. "

    I bet!

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    1. No. It uses Wifi if it is available, and T-Mobile's network if it isn't.

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  3. I think they should change their name. Their historic inability to reliably provide such basic functions as dialing a number or handling MMS will forever stain their brand.

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  4. Dennis, does the spin-off say anything about the state of Republic Wireless?

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    1. I think the spin off indicates that Bandwidth management thinks Republic is doing well enough to be able to survive on its own

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    2. "State of the Republic" wireless
      :D

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    3. "spun off the 5 year old Wi-Fi first Sprint and T-Mobile MVNO."

      Which is it? Sprint based? T-Mobile based? Both?

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    4. Both, Republic started as a Sprint MVNO but this year added T-Mobile based phones and service.

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  5. Can replublic phones be unlock and use on other network.

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    1. Republic 3.0 GSM phones are unlocked and can be used on other GSM operators.
      Republic 2.0 CDMA phones are not unlocked and have custom firmware that prevents them from being used on other networks.

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  6. Too bad they charge post-paid taxes/fees. It makes all their plans just as expensive as Metro/Boost/Cricket.

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    1. They have a cult following. Beyond that I don't see much interest. In their infancy they created quite a stir. Not much lately. As you point out there are equivalent/better options available in the prepaid universe.

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  7. I think I could go for 6 months without a cell phone bill. . .

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    1. Sounds like an excellent deal for an introductory offer... best I've seen.

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  8. It's been a good deal for my mother. $10/mo and she can text/talk non-stop. Sprint (and TMo) is patchy here, so automatic WiFi calling at home helped make it work for her. She wouldn't know what to do with cell data, anyhow. But with the switch to even more expensive T-Mo phones and the $5/mo price hike, I don't see why someone would sign-up anymore. Whenever her phone breaks, I'll find her something better. For now, $10/mo is still a good price.

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    1. If her cell signal is iffy anyway you might look into having her try Google Voice via the Hangouts app. Hangouts with a GV number yields unlimited talk and text whenever an Internet connection is available. $0 per month, just about any iOS phone or Android 4.3 or higher. That's about $12/month savings for her.

      Might take a bit of training, but my MIL picked it up right away. There's an app called Buzz out for Hangouts that automatically redirects calls from the native dialer to the Hangouts dialer if that's helpful.

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  9. The cost of six months of service is built into the price of both phones. The Huawei Ascend 5 W is complete junk.

    Republic ’s prices are too high to tolerate such poor service.

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    1. Do you have a link to the Huawei Ascend 5 W's specs? What makes it junk?

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