Republic Wireless just announced a new offer for those who have been considering the switch, but aren't willing to spend $250 for a Motorola Defy XT. Beginning today, the company has two options: buy the Defy XT for the existing price and pay $19 a month for service, or pay $99 for the phone and $29 monthly for the plan. Unlike traditional carriers that subsidize the prices of phones and lock you into a contract, however, there is no contract with Republic. Basically, it's going out on a limb and putting its good faith in you with this deal – and that's really saying something.

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According to the blog post announcing this new offering, Republic wants to cater to people who want to switch to the service, but can't justify the transition because of the $250 phone price. Of course, the monthly cost is a bit higher than the company's "traditional" plan, but at $30 a month for unlimited everything, it's still hard not to justify at least considering a switch.

On top of that, if you decide to buy before March 18, Republic will send you a $50 Play Store giftcard. That's pretty awesome in and of itself.

For the full skinny on this new deal, why the company chose to offer a more "mainstream" option, and what to do if you're a member who recently signed up with Republic and want to net some savings, head right here.