Republic Wireless routes all phone usage through Wi-Fi and uses Sprint’s and T-Mobile’s networks for backup when Wi-Fi isn’t available. The carrier’s Wi-Fi calling technology is unique amongst wireless companies.
The company boasts employing millions of Wi-Fi hotspots across the US. A map of these hotspots is available here.
Only Android phones can be used on republic wireless plans.
In addition, for frequent travelers, Republic Wireless' model of continually attempting to connect to free WiFi networks may be cumbersome; you may find delayed texts/ability to use data as your phone attempts to verify another foreign WiFi network, as you typically won't be using the same networks regularly.
Republic Wireless plans range from no data to 10GB. The company does not offer an unlimited data plan.
Plans start at $15 for unlimited calling/texting, with the option to add GB of data at $5/GB up to 10GB.
Republic Wireless offers a 50% plan discount to actively employed teachers.
Policies & Perks:
- Domestic Roaming: Yes
- Throttling/Network Management: All data is at full speed up to the plan's data cap. Once data cap is reached, data service is cut off.
- International: No international data roaming. Calls to Mexico / Canada are included.
- Mobile Hotspot Use: Yes!
- Data Roll Over: None. Unused data is lost at the end of the prepaid period.
- Overage Charges: There are no overage charges on prepaid plans. Once you use your data, data service is cut off.
- Streaming: No streaming services are provided.
- Unlimited: No unlimited plans are offered.
- Device Lock/Unlock Policy: All Republic Wireless 3.0 phones are unlocked.
Testing Status: We do not keep a Republic Wireless plan in our testing arsenal.
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Republic Wireless is a T-Mobile / Sprint MVNO who also relies on WiFi networks.