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
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