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We've talked about Republic Wireless a few times 'round here at AP. From when it was first announced, to several milestones along the way - we've followed along with what's happening at RW somewhat closely.

For months, the company was in a private beta of sorts, with would-be customers signing up for their invite, and RW sending them out in waves. In November, however, the company opened its figurative doors to the world - no more waves, no beta invites. Since then, you've been able to sign up for service, order your phone, and away you go. The $19-a-month cellular service was yours.

There was one catch: the phone - a dual-band version of the Defy XT- wasn't yet available. You had to place an order, with an expected availability of "mid-December." Well guess what? It's mid-December, and the phones are shipping, exactly like RW promised. Users who pre-ordered should have their phone in-hand within the next couple of days.

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If you've been waiting until RW fulfilled its beta period and had phones in stock, today's the day. Anything ordered now is slated to ship within the next couple of weeks. Not bad turnaround for $19 a month, eh?

[Republic Wireless]

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. 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- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Brian G

    #correction

    Second to last sentence, should be "Anything ordered now is slated to be shipping within the next couple of weeks" not "Anything ordered now is slated to be shipping within the nexus couple of weeks"

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      hahahaha, muscle memory. You have no idea how many times I did that while writing the story about GO's "Next Launcher." It was murderous.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Nexus is like Marklar for Android peeps. Didn't you know?

  • http://silverfang77.tumblr.com/ Silver Fang

    Republic Wireless is fine for those with ready access to wifi.

  • spunker88

    I never got the point of companies making new low end phones. Why not just keep making older models, so last years high end phone becomes this years low end phone. It would allow them to provide support longer and would cost them less money in development. This is the one of the few things Apple does that I like, they offer old models for cheap and thus they are supported longer.

  • Steve Green

    I would love to join their service, if they had a decent phone. Or let me install the app on phones I already have. Not like it needs hardware to do wifi calling.

  • Steve Crouse

    I switched to Republic Wireless a few months back from
    Verizon. They were killing me with the monthly charges. Around $120 a month.
    Verizon does have the best 4G coverage. I won’t deny that. I got the Republic
    plan for $25 a month. Unlimited calls, text and data with 3G. I dont have the
    4G on my plan. It takes a few seconds longer for the internet to load compared
    to Verizon. But for $100 a month savings its well worth it. If you get the 4G
    with Republic remember you might not have use of it except in large cities. Im
    completely happy with the plan I have. I have no dropped calls. The switch from
    wifi to Sprint 3G is seamless. Those commercials for Verizon that show the map
    show the 4G map coverage only and 3G is pretty much everywhere so their ads are
    really misleading. It works great. Get the Moto X phone and not the Defy (it
    sucks). The Moto X rocks. Yes, you will have to pay $299 for the phone upfront
    but it pays for itself in a few months. Do the math and figure out your yearly
    cost compared with your current plan. Even if you have to pay an early
    termination fee it will save you money over the next year or two. I have a link
    that you can use to save $19 for the first month. Yes, it helps me with my bill
    too when you do. I won’t lie. For Christmas bonus my boss decided to let most
    of us go and I am unemployed. If you don’t like Republic, there is no contract.
    Just switch back. It is a great company.

    Here is the link. Cut and paste if it needed. Thanks!!

    http://referrals.republicwireless.com/a/clk/1ymPvN