Republic Wireless Softens Rooting Stance
Wants to Embrace Android Tinkering Audience
by Karl Bode 09:21AM Wednesday Dec 26 2012 Tipped by newview
Republic Wireless appears to have softened their previous stance on rooting phones, which they claim could result in users being disconnected from the new service. As we noted last week
, Republic Wireless stated the tough stance was due to the fact that phones running custom ROMs can prohibit the company from collecting useful data during the product's beta. The company now seems to have softened this position somewhat, posting to their website
that tinkerers will not
be booted from the network, and that they want to embrace the modding Android community:
Rooting isn’t a decision to be taken lightly. Beyond just warranty and support reasons, there are also other security risks and considerations to take into account. We want you to be aware of these risks. But let’s be clear, republic will NOT kick you off our service just because you root your phone. We will only terminate service if we feel that someone is trying to abuse our service or threaten the network for our community.
Republic is trying to disrupt traditional wireless pricing by offering users data service over the Sprint network for $19 a month. Prices are kept low by offloading the lion's share of network traffic to Wi-Fi whenever possible.
Re: I wouldn't
said by Network Guy:If your in an area with good CDMA(VZW) coverage, simple mobile is the way to go, and if your in an area with good Tmo/AT&T coverage, Straighttalk for $45 per month is the way to go.
Yes, just $50 on the nose. Try doing that with big blue or big red.
| |said by jjoshua:Most people root their phones to use functionality that their carrier has locked(for instance, thethering on the iphone is a native capability of the device, but carriers continue to block it unless you "pay" for the grace of using something you phone can do already). If you have ever purchased a phone from someone like net10 or straighttalk, you would understand that these phones are crippled on purpose so that people cannot fully use the services they pay for. I jailbroke my iphone to use it on ST wireless a long time ago, and have enjoyed tethering, along with unlimited data, minutes, and text, without ever having heard so much as a peep from them. The other side of the coin is that if you root your Republic Wireless phone, its likely they will not be able to throttle or track or monitor the phone itself. Remember CarrierIQ? yea, im guessing they use something like that to improve(track) the service of each customer. I don't blame people for getting rid of carrier bloatware on their phones.
Why would someone need to root their phone? Is it not already "open" enough? I have one so help me understand why I might want to root my phone?
Isn't it a problem when modifying the phone could impact phone service to the point where you can't make a call when you need to?
Phone service is regulated by the FCC so I can see why an operator who is running custom software would not want you to tinker with the device.
Re: I wouldn't
said by jjoshua:Most carrier phones are filled with bloatware, and are crippled so that you cannot use its full functionality.
I already have unlimited talk, data, and text.
It seems like a nice phone and I have access to Google Play. What am I missing?
Re: Republic does not use Clearwire
said by watmore:Didnt you hear: clearwire was bought out by sprint, and before the total buyout, Sprint held a controlling stake in clearwire anyways.
The article states Republic Wireless uses the Clearwire Network. Republic Wireless strongly encourages its subscribers to make calls using the Wi-Fi capability of the Republic handsets. When Wi-Fi is unavailable, the handset switches to the Sprint Network, not Clearwire.
Freedom Pop, a data only wireless service uses Clearwire.
| |levSmells better here without the monkeyPremium,Ex-mod 2002-08
Have Republic XT and don't plan to root Not during beta, anyway.
They are doing something different and groundbreaking with this phone, and it IS in test. The hybrid wifi capabilities of the phone are exciting, in that they may lower cost in other places, or at least expand a reliable footprint for the phone. A phone that bypasses the need for femtocells and just uses wifi to route it's regular communications is a great idea.
Rooting the phone, especially for the price, kinda means you're a selfish bastard who doesn't give a crap about anything other than his own immediate gratification. It is in test, and they will continue to test. Yes, it shouldn't have the bloatware on it, and Facebook will be coming off, but if that lowers the price that Motorola charges them for the phone, and ultimately the price that we pay, I'm willing to put up with it... for now.
I have modified the phone using the Android developer tools to allow me to save any downloaded app to the SD card. That should cause any problems, and if it did, that'd be the first place I'd look, by moving an app back to internal storage.
$19/month is very, very inexpensive. Be happy with that. For now, I'm carrying the phone as a second cell. Since switching my iPhone over to Straight Talk, I have no problem investing those savings ($80/month) into new phones and toys. Got a Wahoo ANT+ case and sensors for my road bike, and the Republic Phone. I've still spent less than I would have with AT&T in the past six months.