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When we first heard about Republic Wireless, it sounded too good to be true. $19 per month for unlimited talk, text, and data? No way. Then we got into the fine print and realized that unlimited had a different meaning in this scenario (much like with other carriers), as RW actually intended on you using your cell more over Wi-Fi and reserved the right to eject you from its network (which runs on Sprint's 3G backbone) if you used too much 3G data.

Here's the beautiful part about RW in its current state: it's still beta, so changes can be made on the fly. If that doesn't work, they can try something different. There were a limited number of seats in the beta arena (which have all been filled), so tweaking, playing with, and otherwise adjusting the network isn't a huge risk at this point.

So that's exactly what they did. Unlimited now means unlimited. No more booting heavy data users off the network. Use what you need, and the price is still $19/month. Of course, when you're around Wi-Fi, RW expects you to actually use it - and why wouldn't you? It's substantially faster than 3G even at the worst of times.

No hassle. No caps to deal with. They've dropped all the unnecessary stuff and just made it unlimited. It's beautifully simple, and I, for one, commend them for the change.

Good job, RW.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://tevyawashburn.com Tevya

    Now if they'd just get the Galaxy Nexus! I'd leave Verizon in a heartbeat.

  • Gary Hicks

    My question is, how long until they go out of business? Sorry but unlimited everything at $19/month? There's no way they can make enough money to keep going.

    • Rance Vela

      I'm sure they will be making plenty of money on this plan.

    • Adam

      I don't see why not. They just leech off the Sprint network so it's not like they have any serious maintenance fees to worry about. They're more or less a middle man providing Sprint service to you for a lesser price and paying a portion forward to Sprint.

  • jonathan3579

    I'd definitely consider this if they got better handsets. As of now, there's nothing compelling enough to leave my $30 a month plan with "unlimited data" with T-Mobile.

  • Daniel

    I wouldn't due to the sprint network being insanely slow in my area. I'm talking about 0.2mb down being the norm.

  • mastermind26

    How do they exactly "expect" you to use wireless, say when you're driving 60 miles (one way) on the freeway, but listening to pandora/spotify?

    What happens then?

    • J Rush

      It's been brought out very clearly in the article:

      "Of course, when you're around Wi-Fi, RW expects you to actually use it - and why wouldn't you?"

      Being on the road justifies not having Wi-Fi. If that's what you're talking about. I may have read your post incorrectly.

    • Freak4Dell

      They use the Sprint network, so they know you can't stream anything without WiFi.

      • Zachary Jacob Zblewski

        I stream music and video on Sprint's 3G all the time... its all about where you live.

  • John

    This will just put more stress on sprints network which republic piggybacks on :(. Jeez, Sprint cant even provide quality service and performance for us as it is, now your going to overload the network more?

  • watson387

    With as much bad luck as I've had with Sprint's POS network, I'll pass. $19 a month is too much to pay for aggravation.

  • Rance Vela

    I'm surprised at all the Sprint hate. I've been using them for years and I've never had a single issue with their network... In fact, I don't think I've ever had a dropped call from them, besides my phone battery dying in the middle of a call.

    • http://www.twitter.com/ScottColbert Scott

      Then you're one of the few. I've tried Sprint on and off over 10 years, starting in 2001, and just switched to T-Mobile because of such poor service.

      • Brian C

        Oh the Irony. Moving to TMobile for better service. I have iffy coverage with TM at home. Even withthe repeater they gave me. Of course Sprint also sux where I am, and wifi calling with tmobile helps relieve my pain...

  • JohnK

    Some folks just have nothing better to do than gripe about things. Sprints network is no better or worse than any other they just have cheaper plans than the others and they don't want to feel they're overpaying for their service, so they gripe about a carriers service instead. Love my family unlimited plan and have no service issues at all.

  • Jack

    Another happy Sprint user here. Dropped Verizon for them, and even converted two friends to drop AT$T. They are also happy with the change.

  • Mathew

    I'm on the Republic Wireless beta, so i'm glad to see this change they made to the terms of their plan.

  • J-Dog

    Now if Google buys up T-Mobile (shouldn't take too much effort to rebrand it G-Mobile) & offers a 20/month unlimited plan.... Preferably upgrade's T-Mob's 4G to LTE compatible with Verizons (& works out a mutual use deal)...

    Course that'd suck for current T-Mob customers when their phones suddenly no longer work....

    • Zachary Jacob Zblewski

      I'll have some of what you're on.

  • Freak4Dell

    For as long as Sprint's network sucks balls, so will this service. Actually, this service sucks more than regular Sprint service, because at least with Sprint, you can choose which phone you want to use while being tortured with 90's era data speeds.

  • Will

    Would this theoretically mean that a Sprint iPhone 4 would be able to connect to data using this carrier?

    • Horse

      Theoretically yes, but unless they've changed something since launch, you can only use their service with one of their phones. Last I checked they only had one phone and it was fairly low end.

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