Republic Wireless is an innovative phone service, but one of the biggest pain points for the carrier has been its lack of high-end phones. Currently your only options on phones are the Moto E and Moto G, and while those aren’t bad phones by any stretch, you’re extremely limited in your options. If you want to plop down the cash for a high-end device, you’re simply out of luck.
That’s where this good news comes in. Republic Wireless has announced that they’re adding several new phones to their lineup in July, and it’s expanding to several really high-end devices and a decent mid-range phone to join the Moto E and Moto G.
There’s a phone at just about every price point now, with the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy S6, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Moto X Pure Edition, and Galaxy J3 all joining the ranks. That means in addition to the wallet-friendly Moto phones, you can spend around $200 or $300 and get something like the Nexus 5X or Galaxy J3, or spend flagship money and get the $800 Galaxy S7 Edge. Fortunately, Republic Wireless is bringing financing plans in to handle these phones, so if you do want one without shelling out that kind of cash in one day you’ll have options.
Things are changing a little bit on the carrier side, too. Republic launched with Sprint as a partner, but now they’re adding a second carrier with the nation’s fastest GSM network, which probably means T-Mobile, a la Project Fi. All of these phones will automatically switch between the two carriers for the best signal, and they still fall back on WiFi for most calling and data usage.
New carrier means new plans, and things are starting to look a little more traditional in that sense. You’ll be able to keep your old plans where the carrier pays you back for any extra data you didn’t use in a month, but Republic Wireless is now going to offer more traditional, cheap plans that offer unlimited talk, text, and specified amounts of data. 1 GB of data would cost about $20 per month, for example.
A bigger network, financing plans, and normal data plans make Republic Wireless seem more like a traditional carrier than ever, but it’s still cheap and should offer a pretty compelling prepaid alternative for many people.
Source: Republic Wireless