You may remember Republic Wireless, the little startup carrier that was offering unlimited service for only $19 per month. But there was a little catch to go along with it, they expected you to do most of your talking, texting and data usage over WiFi networks. And relying on their piggyback of the Sprint network only occasionally. If you went over a certain amount of “fair usage”, you could risk getting booted from the network.
Now Republic has decided to revise this “fair use policy”, well actually get rid of it entirely. They’ve gone “all in” and now offering truly unlimited minutes, texts and data for only $19 bucks a month. Here’s the relevant part of their blog post outlining the new policy:
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. We’re doing away with all of that to keep all of the focus instead on where it really belongs: Creating a new wireless future together. A future that is simple to understand, unfettered to use, and an amazing value for all. That’s what we started down this path to do. That’s where the power of this vibrant community, dynamic Wi-Fi ecosystem and revolutionary technology should be invested. We’re all-in.
Now that all the strings are gone, and there are no catches, they’ll probably pickup a few more customers. Perhaps eventually add more phones to their lineup. Currently they only have one device, the LG Optimus S running modified firmware that’s apparently based on CyanogenMod 7. And for the price of service, it doesn’t seem like that bad of a device.