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Republic Wireless Launches New Six Months Free Service Promotion

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Republic Wireless has announced another six months free service offer. Starting right now, (12 AM 5/16) customers who activate their own eligible phone on a new Republic line of service will receive six months free service on Republic's $30/month T-Mobile network plan that provides unlimited voice and messaging and 2 GB of cellular data per month. You can also get $30/month off ta more expensive plan. Available plans include $30 2 GB, $45 4 GB, $60 6 GB and 10 GB $90.

Republic is even making SIM cards free, except for $3-$4 for shipping, for the duration of the offer. However, the offer is not entirely free. You must pay $30 plus taxes and fees for the first month, only the second through seventh months are free. Also, taxes and telecom fees, which very by jurisdiction but average about 20% or $6/month on the $30 plan, are not included.

The offer is good until 11:59 PM ET Monday 5/22 "while SIM supplies last". Republic is not saying how many SIMs are available so may need to act quickly to get in on the offer. Republic only allows very specific phone model numbers to be activated. Only the following unlocked phones are eligible; Huawei Ascend 5W (H1623), Moto G4 (XT1625), Moto G4 PLAY (XT1607), Moto G5 Plus (XT1687), Moto X Pure Edition (XT1575), Moto Z (XT1650-03), Moto Z Play (XT1635-02), Nexus 5X by LG (LGH790), Nexus 6P by Huawei (H1511), Samsung Galaxy J3 (SM-J320A), Samsung Galaxy S7 (SM-G930U) and Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (SM-G935U).

Republic uses a WiFi-first model. A Republic app, which is required to use the service,  routes calls and messages over W-Fi whenever the phone is connected to Wi-Fi. Unlimited off-network voice and SMS roaming is included at no extra cost. Data roaming is not available. Hotspot usage is allowed. Auto pay by credit or debit card only, prepaid or reloadable credit or gift card are not accepted. Customer support is by chat or email only

Seven months of service for about $72 or approximately $10 a month is a very good deal and makes trying out Republic very economical provided you have a compatible phone.

Sources: Republic press release, Republic blog

Related post: Newly Independent Republic Wireless Offering Six Months Free Service

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  1. The last time RW ran a similar offer, the "supplies" ran out only a few minutes after the start of the promotion. There were many complaints.

    I disagree with Dennis in that it would only be a good deal if this offer were genuine, ie if most of those who wanted it can partake from it. But my guess is that it'll be the same as the previous, and only a handful of SIMs will be available. If so, then the offer will just be a marketing stunt, to get sites like PPPN to carry free promotion for RW in the name of "news of good deals."

    RW has used (is still using) underhanded and deceptive marketing tactics before. If you Google on "republic wireless review", you'll find among the top entries to be from CashCowCouple.com. This is a RW-generated site, disguised as a personal financial blog, and always with a rosy "review" of RW on its front page.

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    1. I remember the mayhem that ensued last November when they were offering six months free service with a phone purchase that sold out within five minutes. Good time, good times.

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  2. I can get 10GB on Republic for $60/mo with a 6 month commitment.

    Or I can use a Mint sim for $20/mo with a 3-month prepayment.

    Republic really backed the wrong horse by limiting BYOD, not competing on price, not offering unlimited LTE, and using Wifi fallback even with high prices and data caps.

    It might be time for them to restructure their service to be more competitive.



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    1. Correct, I would go Mint over this offer if I needed new service.

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    2. "Republic really backed the wrong horse by..."

      Worst of all, they backed the wrong horse by booking a deck chair on mobile's Titanic, aka Sprint.

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    3. "they backed the wrong horse by booking a deck chair on mobile's Titanic, aka Sprint."

      Actually, their Sprint service was far superior... 33% cheaper, with free voice/sms roaming on Verizon when needed. With no roaming, and higher prices than other regular MVNOs, I don't see any reason for anybody to sign-up with them now... RedPocket is $14/mo, even on a decent cellular network (ATT) which those same BYO phones should support without trouble. And vanilla TMo or Metro already has WiFi calling, so why bother? I don't see the niche. Maybe that's really why Bandwidth spun them off?

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    4. If Bandwidth had managed to perfect a VoIP app that "just worked," they would've changed the game a couple years back.

      But with Google Voice still being the go-to forwarding/voicemail/VoIP service, and the proliferation of unlimited talk/text (along with a lack of good data-only offerings from MVNOs) rendering cellular VoIP pointles, it's no wonder some of their other ventures shut down.

      I wouldn't be surprised if Republic was the next to go.

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  3. "Data roaming is available but each MB of roam data used reduces you data allowance by 18.3 GB"
    Whoa, if that's not a typo, they are really eating you...

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  4. TheCatDetectorVanMay 16, 2017 at 5:00 AM

    What's the catch on the 6-months free after the 7th month? I could do a BYOP Moto X Pure or the Nexus 6P for it.....{ You can cancel after 7th month? } ??

    Where 'o where has my Unlimited/Unlimited/Wifi Plan ($5/mo.) gone??
    Where 'o where can she be??

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  5. Does RW use VoLTE or HSPA for voice?

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    1. Republic uses VoLTE for Cellular voice if available and enabled on the phone.

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    2. RW does not use VoLTE. It has a proprietary VoIP service first developed on Sprint, and carried over onto TMO. The VoIP is heavily reliant on wifi, and will automatically connect to an open connection when available. You have a hidden carrier number separate from your user number.

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    3. If WiFi is available, Republic uses VoIP. If WiFi is not available, Republic falls back to cellular voice which on T-Mobile can be either circuit switched or VoLTE depending on device and network capabilities and settings.

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    4. I'm not sure where you get the (TMO) VoLTE capability from. There is no mention of it from RW site or its marketing material. RW 3.0 uses a hybrid setup that combines both wifi and cell, and is the reason why its phones are limited to a handful, as they must be certified to run with RW's proprietary setup.

      I'm guessing you're inferring VoLTE capability from the phones, as all B12-certified phones are perforce also VoLTE-certified per TMO. But VoLTE-ready phones do not equate to VoLTE capability when it comes to MVNOs, especially ones with a hybrid VoIP setup.

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  6. I don't believe data roaming is available on GSM, only CDMA service. Both have voice roaming.

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  7. "Data roaming is available but each MB of roam data used reduces you data allowance by 18.3 GB."

    I hope you meant "18.3 MB". :P

    Also, I thought data roaming wasn't available on T-Mobile plans. Did that change recently?

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    1. You are right. There's no roaming on Republic's GSM plans. Roaming. On the Sprint plans 1 MB of roaming counts as 18.3 MB of non-roaming data. I've corrected the post.

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  8. Once my Sprint-based Moto G dies, so does my $10 Unlimited Talk and Text plan. Therefore, my Republic experience will be over. Would have been a great gig had they not pulled out the rug from underneath most of their customers not once but twice with this plan jigging. That's the risk you run with a MVNO, though.

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  9. "each MB of roam data used reduces you data allowance by 18.3 GB"

    A little spellchecking would go a long way.

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    1. I understood exactly what he said... As did everyone else. It's a pity that your grasp of the English language is so poor than you can't get past rigid pedantry and JUST READ IT.

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    2. Pretty easy to see that this is likely to be Christine's comment.

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    3. Yes, because Christine has nothing better to do all day than put down spelling-nazis, right?

      Never underestimate the ability of a troll to worship and glorify himself.

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  10. So unlike FreedomPop, voice and text go over the regular circuit switched route?

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    1. Yes, if you aren't using VoLTE or WiFi calling, calls are circuit switched.

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  11. Is the regular phone dialer available?

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    1. Yes, Republic uses the regular Android dialer and contacts apps for making calls on WiFi or cellular.

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    2. To use RW service, you must install the RW app. The app hooks into the native dialer, and uses it for both wifi-calling and cell-calling. Note that "wifi calling" is OTT service and not the same as the carrier-brand (TMO) wifi-calling.

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  12. So does one need a branded RW phone, or can we use any unlocked phone and just download the RW dialer from play store?

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    1. You don't need to buy a RW phone, but must have the particular "unlocked" version of the particular phone models that it supports, ie it's not enough to have a (SIM) unlocked GS7, it must be the 'U' variant. Carefully read RW's phone compatibility list and note the precise model # including suffix.

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  13. I've been with Republic since the beginning and canceled my service this month. When it began, it was a great value for $19. There is too much competition now what with the likes of Cricket, Total Wireless, MetroPCS, and Boost having plans for $30-$35 without the Wi-Fi fall back hassle.

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    1. This post says it all. Longtime customer characterizes RW's most advertized feature as "WiFi fall back hassle."

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