Republic Wireless routes all phone usage through Wi-Fi and uses either Sprint's or T-Mobile’s networks for backup when Wi-Fi isn’t available. The company boasts employing millions of Wi-Fi hotspots across the U.S. A map of these hotspots is available here.
For phone plans, Republic Wireless requires you to purchase a phone or a SIM before purchasing a plan on Republic. You will then purchase the plan through the Republic app on your phone device. Republic Wireless will place you on a plan based on which phone you purchase or bring to their service. Plans can be adjusted at any time.
Only Android phones can be used on Republic Wireless phone plans.
Last Update: November 18, 2020
Sprint is now part of T-Mobile, as per the merger that closed on April 1, 2020.
New Sprint customers are directed to T-Mobile to sign up for their plans, however, some of Sprint's legacy plans are still available in-store or over the phone. Customers on existing direct Sprint plans will be able to retain those plans for the next three years without price increases or changes to features.
The two networks still operate mostly independently with their own towers and frequency bands. Some Sprint customers can have their Sprint phones coded to make the T-Mobile network the primary network for their phones instead of Sprint. Sprint customers with recent 5G phones such as the Galaxy S10 automatically use T-Mobile as the primary network since the combined company is shutting down Sprint's 5G service.
As of October, T-Mobile is offering most Sprint smartphone customers that use the Sprint cellular network the ability to choose the "T-Mobile Network Experience". In short, TNX allows Sprint network customers with compatible devices to trade in their Sprint SIM card for a T-Mobile SIM card and move their plan to the T-Mobile network while retaining the features, billing, and terms of their original Sprint plan. You can read more about what this means here.
Starting in late November, non-profit Sprint based plans have T-mobile roaming enabled via a PRL update pushed to devices.
At present time - aside from Boost being sold to Dish Network - there are no changes to 3rd party, reseller or MVNO plans sold on the Sprint network. However, we are continuing to monitor the situation and will update as appropriate.
Currently Available Plans:
- Build-Your-Own Plan: $15/month + $5/GB (up to 15GB)
- 2GB Plan: $25/month
- 1GB Plan: $20/month
- Carrier Networks Used: T-Mobile, Sprint
- Carrier Relationship: MVNO
- Plan Types Available: Smartphone (Android only)
- Device Types Permitted: Android based phones,
- Unlimited: No
- High Speed Mobile Hotspot Use: Yes
- Throttling: All data is at full speed up to the plan's data cap. Once data cap is reached, data service is cut off.
- Network Management: Unknown
- Video Streaming Resolution: 1080p
- 5G Access: No
- Device Purchase Required: Not required - can use your own device, but must purchase SIM
- Plan Period: Monthly, Yearly
- International Roaming: None.
- Domestic Roaming: No data roaming - some voice roaming.
- Data Roll Over: None. Unused data is lost at the end of the prepaid period. Plans are either 30 or 90 day periods.
- Overage Charges: There are no overage charges on prepaid plans. Once you use your data, data service is cut off.
- Lines permitted per account:
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Related News & Videos
- Republic Wireless Releases 10GB Data Only Plan Posted on: October 4, 2019
- Republic Wireless Offering 20GB Data-only Sim Cards Through Amazon Posted on: December 18, 2018
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