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Republic Wireless Cuts Data Price to $5 Per GB on all Plans

Republic Wireless - $15/mo + $5 /GB
WiFi-first Sprint and T-Mobile MVNO Republic Wireless is replacing all its current plans with new ones. The new plans  are less expensive for plans that include 2 GB or more of data. All customers on the current Clear Choice plans will be migrated to the new plans, which Republic is calling My Choice, tomorrow December 12. Customers on grandfathered Republic 1.0 and Refund plans will not be migrated and can keep those plans.

My Choice pricing is quite simple, $15/month for unlimited talk and messaging plus $5/month for each gigabyte of data. There are also taxes and fees. Republic collects the usual sales taxes and e911 fees plus pass-throughs of regulatory costs and fees. Customers have reported taxes of between 10% and 30% depending on state and locality.

Here's a comparison of the old and new plans:
  • Unlimited voice and messaging $15 (no change)
  • Unlimited voice and messaging and 1 GB of data $20 (no change) 
  • Unlimited voice and messaging and 2 GB of data $25 (was $30) 
  • Unlimited voice and messaging and 3 GB of data $30 (new plan) 
  • Unlimited voice and messaging and 4 GB of data $35 (was $45) 
  • Unlimited voice and messaging and 5 GB of data $40 (new plan) 
  • Unlimited voice and messaging and 6 GB of data $45 (was $60) 
  • Unlimited voice and messaging and 7 GB of data $50 (new plan)  
  • Unlimited voice and messaging and 8 GB of data $55 (new plan)  
  • Unlimited voice and messaging and 9 GB of data $60 (new plan)  
  • Unlimited voice and messaging and 10 GB of data $65 (was $90) 
My Choice plan customers will be able to add extra data at $5/GB on an as-needed basis. Republic's announcement doesn't say how long add-on data is good for. That leads me to suspect that add-ons expire at the end of the current plan month.

Republic is a WiFi-first service. The Republic dialer app defaults to making WiFi calls if the phone is connected to WiFi. The Sprint or T-Mobile network is used for calls if the phone if there is no WiFi connection.

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  1. It is really difficult to find information on how Republic switches between Sprint and T-Mobile. A PCMag article said that Republic decides which carrier is best in your area when setting up the account. I was hoping for something for automatic like Fi, but perhaps that requires too much radio interface layer support that only someone like Google or Apple could pull off. Any idea?

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    1. This is not true. You must decide which network you want to use. It's not like Fi, but I wish Fi would match this price.

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    2. There is NO Sprint service. Republic is a wifi-first T-Mobile MVNO. Only those who signed up years ago are grandfathered in and still on Sprint service (plus Verizon roaming). And those phones are surely aging out by now. These days, Red Pocket or Metro is a better deal.

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    3. Republic says Sprint service with current phones is available: Republic Wireless Coverage Update and CDMA Availability - Announcements & News - Community Forums.

      I entered a zipcode (54235) that has Sprint coverage but no T-Mobile coverage on Republic's coverage checker and was offered three phones; Moto G4, Moto G5 Plus or Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.

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    4. Republic offers me BYOP with Alcatel A30. Can I used my new locked T-Mobile REVVL? It's the same as the A30 Plus with a few extras.

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    5. Probably not as the REVVL us not on Republic's list of approved phones. You could check by installing the Republic app. It will tell you if your phone can be activated. Or ask Republic, they are the gatekeepers.

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  2. @Chris Morton Fi is pretty unique in its ability to switch between the two networks. Republic makes you commit to one or the other. That's one of the reasons Fi only allows certain phones that work with all carriers.

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  3. Too overpriced for the two worst networks.

    Gotta get on Big Red to be competitive now that even AT&T's going to shit.

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  4. Republic is owned by Bandwidth.com which provides back-end support for Google Voice and Project Fi.

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