Republic Wireless Beta Re-Opens This Summer
Unlimited $20 Service On Road to Full Launch
Bandwidth.com recently announced a new wireless carrier named Republic Wireless promising unlimited text, data, and voice for an unheard-of $20 a month. How did they plan to reach such a price point for "unlimited" service? The company offloads most of that traffic to Wi-Fi, and initially stated they'd kick you off the network if you consumed to much (Sprint) cellular capacity
. After the press and public complained that their "Cellular Usage Index" (CUI) fairness plan was too complicated, the company back off the idea and promised to offer truly unlimited service.
In a new blog post, the company announces that things have been going well in beta, and they'll re-open the beta to new users sometime this summer. From the post:
quote:The company has posted a beta milestones page highlighting where they are in their launch.
Now two months into full swing, our beta is going very well. Hybrid Calling works, and the Wi-Fi wave is alive and continuing to swell. Due to all the positives we’re seeing and our enthusiasm for what republic is becoming, we’ve decided skip the baby steps in favor of serving a greater number of you, sooner
and better. To those who have been hoping to join us early this year, let me assure you that waiting a while longer, if you can, will be well worth it. In the meantime, we’re upgrading republic wireless! Next month, we’ll provide some tools to help save you money on your Big Cell bill even before you can join and make your escape. In May, we’ll introduce a new Wi-Fi to cellular handover technology that is already blowing us away in the lab (our developers are good!).