No, Republic Wireless hasn't merged with Google as per the Internet's dreams, but it has begun issuing invites to its upcoming beta service.


Indeed, those who signed up for the service a few months back should soon be assigned a "wave" of the beta. Following this assignment, the lucky few will be secured a spot on Republic's waiting list, and the waves will start opening up this summer.

But the real news here is the smartphone pricing that's been sent out to beta customers. Unfortunately, Republic Wireless didn't provide device names or any details of that sort; all that's been disclosed are three price points and some specs.

  • Entry Level: The cheapest of the three tiers, an entry level device will cost $199, will be made by an "unknown" manufacturer, and will feature a 3.5-inch touchscreen, 600MHz CPU (!), 0.5GB of storage, and a 5MP camera. Engadget speculates this could be the ZTE Libra or the iNQ Cloud Touch.
  • Mid-range: For $299, you can have a smartphone manufactured by a "well known" company. It'll come with a 3.7-inch touchscreen, 1GHz CPU, 1GB of storage, a 5MP rear camera, and a VGA front-facing camera. Engadget's guesses are the Galaxy U, HTC One V, and Huawei Vision.
  • Top Line: At $499, the fanciest option will be a 4.3-inch device running on a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, featuring 8GB of storage and a 7MP camera. The last spec should raise some eyebrows - as Engadget correctly points out, there haven't been too many Android phones with 7MP cameras in recent memory.

Notably, these prices include not only the device, but also the first month of service. Additionally, nothing's set in stone - Republic Wireless' PR told Engadget it's still deciding which phones would be most appealing to consumers.

For a refresher on how Republic Wireless will work, check out our earlier coverage of the service when it was initially launched - it certainly seems like it will be quite unique.

Source: Engadget

Jaroslav Stekl
Jaroslav Stekl is a tech enthusiast whose favorite gadgets almost always happen to be the latest Android devices. When he's not writing for Android Police, he's probably hiking, camping, or canoeing. He is also an aspiring coffee aficionado and an avid moviegoer.

  • http://meatcastle.com/ Youre My Boy Bloo

    Everyone should know that I am in the coolest wave of them all, the G Wave.

    If the high end device is anything more current than the Galaxy Nexus, I think I will actually do it.

  • fixxmyhead

    if they can get my tmo s2 working on this ill do it. i have wifi at home and i dont use that many minutesĀ 

    • AhChoo

      sorry but repub wireless uses sprint band for their devices.

      • fixxmyhead

        oh yea i forgot. no thanks then i dont want to be near those dial up 3g speeds

  • Major Pita

    Doubtful this will fly. If they did a BYOD it would have a much better chance,

  • Diarrhea Splatters

    Sounds like a lite version of Virgin Mobile.

  • Borgias

    I gave RW a try back in Nov 2011, when they first opened their doors to
    the beta crowd. Within a month I dropped them and ended up filing
    complaints against them with the BBB, FCC, and FTC. Suffice it to say,
    STAY AWAY from this company. You will get absolutely NO customer service
    if anything should go wrong with your service, whether that be phone
    related or billing related. They will only respond to you once you file a
    complaint with the BBB, then they spring into action. Is this the type
    of company ANYONE would like to deal with? Don't be lured in by
    $19/month thinking this is the greatest thing since slice bread, because
    it isn't.