Upstart wireless carrier, Republic Wireless, has reopened their $19 WiFi calling beta program to another group of users. Wave B sales began this morning and are active for one week. Users coming on board for this wave will be met with a $249.99 buy in for the Motorola Defy XT handset and the same low, $19 per month fee for unlimited talk, text and data.
The Motorola Defy XT replaces the original LG Optimus devices that is simply outclassed, and probably all but unavailable at this point. The Android 2.3 device has a 3.7″ display, 1 Ghz processor, 512 MB of RAM and 1 GB of internal storage. It also features a 5 MP rear camera and VGA resolution front camera. Hardly stellar specs for today’s devices, but for $250 and a $20 a month bill, it is a much better option than the Optimus.
Although Republic Wireless finally seems to be hitting their dates with the release of their second beta wave, and on-time for that July date they had stated long ago, a few key features still aren’t finding a home with the low cost carrier, the most notable of which is MMS messaging. Republic continues to work with their network provider to solve that issue, though no promises are being made at this point. For now, users are encouraged to have picture messages sent to their device’s email instead.
The Republic Wireless beta is now available for any users in Wave B. The Motorola Defy XT will be made available to existing users in the coming weeks as well for a $100 discount, or the amount that most users paid for their original Optimus device. There is no word on of Republic will honor the original $100 discount for those that were blocked from the first beta wave by technical problems.