Nov 23rd, 2011

Republic Wireless introduced their unique WiFi-driven network earlier this month and the first group of beta testers have begun receiving their devices. One tester was kind enough to put up a video unboxing and quick look at the device (which is an LG Optimus S, if you aren’t aware).

The device is identical to the Optimus S and runs  nearly-stock Android save for a couple of features we think they borrowed from CyanogenMod. First up, the lock screen is reminiscent to some options available for CyanogenMod. While it doesn’t look that much different from stock Android, it definitely isn’t stock.

They also implemented quick settings toggles in the notification bar and they look just like they do on CM. We’re not sure if you can customize the bar like on CM but we can’t imagine they didn’t pull some of the code from that trunk.

Other than that, it looks like a regular old Optimus One and has all of Android’s stock apps (including the Android market) alongside Republic’s application for connection to WiFi hotspots in order to facilitate WiFi calling.

If you don’t remember, Republic Wireless is offering a new $19 per month unlimited everything service that relies on WiFi calling and data usage to keep costs down. If you can’t get to a WiFi hotspot, they use Sprint’s network meaning you’ll get reliable service anywhere in the country. Be sure to check their website out if you’re interested. Watch the video above. [Thanks Jake]

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