Republic Wireless came to The Inquisitr’s attention at this year’s CES 2013, where we discovered the company’s plan to offer a game-changing service — a smartphone for just $19 a month, a fraction of what most of us with smartphones pay for such amenities.
Republic Wireless relies largely on wi-fi calling instead of overpriced and constantly changing data and calling plans over a standard mobile network. As we reported ahead of CES, Republic Wireless was gaining steam with their bargain basement plans, and early plans to limit 3G service in the absence of a wi-fi connection were even shelved back then, with the company stating:
“Some of you advised that we just step back from being ‘unlimited’, Rather than revising our fair use policy, we’ve decided not to have one at all. There will simply be no thresholds, and no risk of losing service.”
And Republic Wireless‘ plan is pretty sweet — back in November, as we reported, the deal seems pretty straightforward:
“Republic Wireless, based out of North Carolina, is offering customers unlimited talk, text, and data for just $19 a month. AND, they don’t require you to sign any contract.”
So, what’s the downside? It seems that as Republic Wireless gains traction, one complaint is rife — you only get to pick from one phone. And it isn’t a very well regarded handset.