Republic Wireless Revisited
By Mordechai Osdoby. December 23, 2011, 12:17 PM CDT
A while back we told you about Republic Wireless, a company that was offering unlimited talk, text, and data for twenty bucks. Despite seeming tailor-made for our On The Cheap series, we never followed up. That was because we found the catch: while calls over WiFi would be free, any use of the actual cell network (licensed from Sprint), was governed by a fair use rule. The example Republic gave was 550 minutes, 150 text messages, or 300 MB of data over the cell network. While just an example, that was way too little for me or any power user to consider. Plus, that was just a guideline and Republic would be the ones deciding what was fair.
Apparently, we’re not the only one’s disappointed by this, Republic Wireless has just announced that there is no longer a fair use rule. You still can’t resell service (duh) or use your phone as a hotspot or a model (makes sense too), but there will be no caps. If you were one of the lucky ones to get into the beta, fire up that modified LG Optimus and get texting.
About Mordechai Osdoby
One of the co-founders of Techcitement, Mordechai is a man whose obsession with tech once led his wife to refer to a laptop as "the other woman".