The young Wi-Fi upstart, Republic Wireless launched their beta late last year and has been reaping wonderful compliments from almost everyone using it. Their simple $19 plan features unlimited voice, text and data over your supplied Wi-Fi connections as well as cellular data over the Sprint network.
With plenty of pre-launch notification and write-ups, the wait was enormous for the beta launch. When the program’s launch date finally arrived, the Republic Wireless system buckled under the response, orders were lost and thousands of users were left in the dark regarding their position. Since then, Republic has used their blog and social networking pages to keep people in the know and hopefully prepare them for a smoother roll-out the second time around.
As far as the service itself goes, most people are enjoying the service, their LG Optimus device and their extremely low bills. Of course, there have been a few disgruntled users throwing their complaints about the missing MMS service, or that they couldn’t port numbers in to the service or that they didn’t have strong Sprint coverage in their area, overall, Republic Wireless has lowered costs for thousands of users.
For the relaunch, it looks to be that the old Republic is bringing out a few new choices in devices though. According to the Beta Waves signup page, users may have the choice of newer devices that include the following specs:
Basic Android™ phone
$199 up front fee that includes your phone plus your first month of service, new manufacturer, with a 3.5” touchscreen, 600 MHz processor, 0.5 GB storage, 5 megapixel camera
Mid-level Android™ phone
$299 up front fee that includes your phone plus your first month of service, well-known manufacturer, 3.7” touchscreen, 1.0 GHz processor, 1.0 GB storage, 5 megapixel rear camera, VGA-quality front-facing camera
High-end Android™ phone
$499 up front fee that includes your phone plus your first month of service, well-known manufacturer, 4.3” touchscreen, 1.2 GHz dual core processor, 8.0 GB storage, 7 megapixel rear camera
While this isn’t a set in stone offer sheet, it certainly appears that in addition to the “Basic” LG Optimus phone, there will be something along the lines of the Motorola Photon at the high end of the spectrum. Although, given the fact that all of the code for Republic Wireless is based on Cyanogen Mod ROM’s, we’re betting we will see something fun coming soon.
The Wave’s Launch is happening now, so check those spam filters if you signed up earlier in the year. We’ll let you know as soon as we hear about the next wave opening.