Republic Wireless is now shipping out the phones many have pre-ordered, and the $19 monthly hybrid network is up and running, ready to go. After a beta period where users had a chance to try a modified LG Optimus One, the retail Motorola Defy XT units will soon be in customers hands, including ours.
This isn’t about specs, or playing the high-end phone of the month game. This is geared towards folks who want reliable service from their smartphone, and don’t want to pay 75 to 100 dollars a month for it. Republic offers unlimited voice, text, and data for the $19 monthly fee, and the handset itself has an up front cost of $249, making a years service cost just $477 — about five months worth of service from one of the big four on a contract.
It works by using a hybrid tech of VoIP and cellular for voice, text, and data. When you’re in range of a Wifi hotspot or router, you use it for calls and data. When you’re not in Wifi range, you are using the Sprint 3G network. There is nothing for the end user to fiddle with, it just works. It’s something new and disruptive, and something that is new and disruptive is exactly what the US telco situation needs.
We’re very curious how well this new system is going to work, and our demo unit is out for delivery. I’ll be seeing how it all handles things in various settings and locations, and see what it takes to break it. Here’s hoping Republic can shake up the status quo a little bit. There’s a video and press release after the break, and you can learn more at the link below.
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