Republic Wireless, based in Raleigh, NC since 2011, began shipping its clients a new Motorola Moto X smartphone bundled with plans staring as low as $5 month. This
link will get you $20 off when you sign up (discount program discontinued as of Nov 1, 2014 and the link now redirects to a $25 discount for Cricket Wireless.)
The information below has become outdated and is for reference purposes only, the plans and discounts listed are no longer offered. Please check out Cricket Wireless for the current offerings and savings, including a referral credit.
About Republic Wireless
Republic Wireless is a relatively new player on the mobile communications arena, although it is a part of a more experienced Bandwidth; among Bandwidth clients are such well-known names as Google, Skype, and Vonage.
What sets Republic Wireless apart from the other, much bigger telecommunications companies, is their very cheap mobile plans. The Republic's prices are lower due to the "Hybrid Calling"--phone calls over the Internet using Wi-Fi--which is encouraged to be used among its clients. Wi-Fi is also used for text messaging, therefore reducing the overall usage of the mobile networks.
When the mobile is not connected to the Internet via the Wi-Fi, Republic Wireless uses Sprint's mobile network. It also roams on AT&T and Verizon when Sprint's signal is not available.
Free Calls from Russia, Europe, and the Rest of the World
Due to the fact that a Republic Wireless doesn't require a cell signal to work, it can be used anywhere in the world, as long as there is Internet access via Wi-Fi, with no extra costs involved.
As you might know, the vast majority of American mobile phones that use CDMA cannot be used on GSM network in Europe, including Russia. Some US phones have a capability of roaming in GSM, but the prices are typically high for such usage overseas.
The Hybrid Calling technology allows a Republic Wireless phone to be used in Russia, Europe, and anywhere else in the world, convenient and fast. The only thing needed is the Internet access via Wi-Fi (this has been verified personally in German airport and all over St. Petersburg, Russia, where there is a plenty of free Wi-Fi.) The calls are free, i.e. there are no extra charges on top of the regular monthly plan fee.
Phones and Plans
At this time Republic Wireless offers one phone: Motorola Moto X
Motorola Moto X and $5, $10, $25, $40 a month
Motorola Moto X uses Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean). Reacts to the sound of your voice, no need to touch it. Twist it twice and it becomes a camera. It doesn't interrupt you but puts the info on the screen silently.
Republic Wireless offers a choice of different plans with this phone (you can switch between the plans at any time).
This link will get you $20 off Republic (discount program discontinued as of Nov 1, 2014 and the link now redirects to a $25 discount for Cricket Wireless.)
$20 Republic Wireless Discount
All new clients get a
$20 discount with this Republic Wireless deal (discount program discontinued as of Nov 1, 2014 and the link now redirects to a $25 discount for Cricket Wireless.)
Important: this special $20 off Republic Wireless promotion was a limited time promotion that began Apr 14, 2014 and ended October 31, 2014.