Republic Wireless to Ditch Fair Use, Goes Unlimited
Republic Wireless, a brand-new company in the mobile space, has evaluated feedback on its initial wireless plan and has made a significant change. At launch, Republic Wireless promised to offer unlimited voice, text, and data for $19 per month — provided those services were consumed over Wi-Fi networks and not cellular networks. Republic Wireless uses a combination of cellular data and Wi-Fi to pass VoIP-based calls through the internet rather than through traditional voice networks. Republic calls the technology "Hybrid Calling" and based costs on a Cellular Usage Index (depending on how much users relied on cellular rather than Wi-Fi networks). Republic originally stated that customers who use their Republic service over cellular networks too much may eventually be referred back to a standard cellular service. Republic leases network access from Sprint. Republic has changed its mind, however, and is ditching the fair use idea. In a blog post, the company explained, "Rather than revising our fair use policy, w've decided not to have one at all. There will simply be no thresholds, and no risk of losing service. We're all-in." Moving forward, customers will only be charged $19 per month for Republic Wireless's services.
Republic Wireless Improves Android Lineup
Republic Wireless today said it has added nine modern smartphones to its lineup of Android devices. The new phones include the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge ($799), S7 ($699), J3 ($179), and S6 ($549); the Nexus 6P ($499) and 5X ($349); and the Motorola Moto X Pure Edition ($349), G4 ($199), and G4 Plus ($299).
Google's Project Fi Wireless Service Offers Refunds for Unused Data
Google today announced Project Fi, which relies on a combination of cellular and WiFi networks to keep users connected wherever they roam. Google partnered with Sprint and T-Mobile to provide the cellular component.
Cablevision Launching FreeWheel WiFi-Based Phone
Cablevision today announced FreeWheel, a wireless service that relies wholly on WiFi networks rather than cellular networks. FreeWheel will offer unlimited voice calls (via VoIP), messaging, and data for $30 per month.
Republic Wireless to Refund Customers for Unused Data
Republic Wireless today announced Republic Refund plans, which will reimburse customers for unused cellular data each month. The company is offering a range of new plans with varying data buckets.
Republic Wireless Debuts Bonding Calling to Improve Quality
Republic Wireless today said it is launching a new technology called Bonded Calling in order to boost the quality voice calls. Republic is a WiFi-first carrier in that customers most often connect via WiFi for calls and data and fall back to cellular when WiFi is not available.
Vaguely related flame post.
People would be scouring the country for alternatives, leaving the big bad "monopolies," "duopolies," or whatever you want to call them behind and looking for companies just like this!
But the status quo remains. Nothing changes because "change is bad for the consumer." Rate plans will remain the same and it will be harder and harder for companies like this to take off.
Oh well, at least we have an awesome nation-wide LTE service coming pretty soon who has purchased billions o...
Imagine how a company, as innovative as this one, would do if the AT&T/T-Mobile merger had been allowed to go through. ESPECIALLY if the predictions of the government control advocates are correct and AT&T's prices
If only this company wasn't in beta & open to everyone.