Republic Wireless partnered with T-Mobile, added more cool phones including Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X
Republic Wireless is one of two carriers which work in a pretty unusual way that is by relying mostly on Wi-Fi for communication and data. Of course, the company has a backup plan for situations when Wi-Fi signal is not available – in such cases it leans on Sprint bands. However, the carrier will soon start cooperation with one more carrier to improve the quality of its service. As announced today, Republic Wireless partnered with T-Mobile and will also add more cool phones to its portfolio including Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X.
Big changes are coming to Republic Wireless. Come July, the carrier will join forces with Magenta Network, add a number of high-end smartphones to its offer and introduce new plans.
New partner and new phones
Actually, T-Mobile wasn’t mentioned by name in the press release. Republic did say, though, that its new partner would be a nationwide GSM carrier and that it offers the fastest 4G LTE network, so when you put two and two together, T-Mobile seems like a safe bet. Cooperation with a new partner will also bring the expansion of Republic’s smartphone portfolio. It’s probably the most welcome change, since at the moment users can choose only between two models, the Moto G and Moto E, both of which are pretty modest. In July, however, the selection of handsets will be much more diverse and will include the Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Moto X Pure Edition, Galaxy S6, and Galaxy J3.
Teaming up with a new carrier is not going to change Republic’s strategy, though. The carrier will still rely on Wi-Fi for calls, texts and data this way significantly reducing costs of service. It will, however, introduce the so-called “bonded calling” which will allow a smartphone to switch to cellular network, either Sprint or T-Mobile, in situations when Wi-Fi signal is too weak to guarantee satisfying call quality.
New data plans
Another big change involves customer data plans. Right now, customers pay only for the data they have actually used – if at the end of the billing cycle they still have some data left, they get refund with the next month’s bill. It won’t be happening anymore and in place of refund plans Republic will introduce typical flat fee plans. Good news, however, is that existing customers who are on old plans will be able to stay on them.
Republic is keeping its new plans a secret for now, but the company did reveal details of one plan – it will be priced at $20 per month and will include unlimited talk and text and 1GB of data. The carrier claims that no plan offered by other networks can compete with this one and it’s probably right. For example, a similar plan on Google’s Project Fi, which is also a Wi-Fi-first service, costs $30 per month.
While most of the changes are good and anticipated by customers, they will make Republic Wireless lose some of its uniqueness and transform it into a more traditional network. Nevertheless, carrier’s plans are still some of the most affordable, if not the cheapest, on the market.
source: Republic Wireless