Republic Wireless Commits To Truly Unlimited Service – Revises Old Policy For The Holidays


We told you guys about Republic Wireless, a new service provider that promised unlimited calling, text and data for only $20. It sounded crazy and most people were expecting some kind of catch. Turns out — there kind of was. Service was largely based on using a WiFi connection (VoIP) and in the fine print, the company made customers watch their data usage closely, going as far as threatening cancellation, if a customer exceeded a “normal amount” while not connected to WiFi.

Well, that was a month ago and it whether they’re getting into the Christmas spirit or what — seems Republic Wireless is having a change of heart. The company isn’t just revising their “fair use policy” but completely doing away with it by eliminating those thresholds that bound potential customers, with no risks of losing service. Republic Wireless said in a blog post:

“We realize we got it wrong and look forward to improving as we work together to realize common republic wireless goals.”

If you already purchased a phone during the company’s beta trials, you are also automatically eligible for their new terms. Now that $20 a month phone bill is starting to sound really sweet. Anyone currently a Republic Wireless customer or looking to make the switch?

[Republic Wireless via Electronista]

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. I have to admit, it sounds pretty incredible… If only we could use our own devices.

  2. If they had a Galaxy Nexus I’d tell Verizon they could kiss my…

    1. If sprints had better 4g, I would wait for the Nexus with them. But they don’t and I have unlimited 4g data, so I re-signed with Verizon. 

  3. If I just had wifi at work, this would be ideal.  But I would love it if we could use our own CDMA devices since its a Sprint network.

  4. If you go to their site you can see its still not unlimited. They indicate that over time if you exceed the “acceptable threshold” they will contact you and let you know how much time you have to bring it to an “acceptable level” before they give you the boot. Doesn’t sound very unlimited to me….

    1. Did you even read the article or the press release???

      “We’re eliminating all usage thresholds, and with them the concern some of you have expressed about losing your membership for maintaining too large a cellular footprint. ”


      “Rather than revising our fair use policy, we’ve decided not to have one at all. There will simply be no thresholds, and no risk of losing service.”

  5. I’ve heard no picture messaging on their system. I sent an e-mail to Republic but won’t hear back from them until after 12/26.

  6. please wake up people.  it’s crap, it won’t work, and if they continue to allow more time on the sprint network they use as their off-wifi source, prices will go up.
    this will never be a viable alternative, use your brains people.
    Oh and if you don’t believe me go to the republic wireless facebook page and see what the people are saying. bottom line, if it sounds too good to be true it is.

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