By Stephen Schenck | September 19, 2013 10:51 AM
Remember Republic Wireless? The carrier upstart has been trying to make a name for itself by offering some incredibly affordable plans: for a mere $19 a month, it would give users unlimited access via Sprint’s network, though with the understanding that the phone would instead do most of its business over WiFi whenever such a connection was available. That sounded promising, but the selection of compatible phones – just the Motorola Defy XT and LG Optimus S – left much to be desired. Republic’s been teasing a big announcement for today, and while we haven’t seen the news go official quite yet, leaks and some educated guesses sure seem to have revealed much of the story already, and the real star here appears to be plans to sell the Moto X for just about $300… off-contract.
A deal like that by itself would be worthy of enough attention, but we also get news of new Republic Wireless plans, including some even more affordable options than before.
Now, it’s not all great news there – the old $19 plan looks like it’s going up to $25. Beyond that, there’d also be a $40 plan that supported Sprint LTE. For users looking to save money, we could get a $10 plan that lets you use Sprint’s network for talk and text, but relegates all data to WiFi. Finally, there would be a $5 plan that gave you a phone number and everything, but offered no cellular coverage – from voice to data, you’d be totally reliant on WiFi networks.
Expect all this to add up to a flood of new interest in Republic’s services; we hope the carrier is ready for it.
Update: It’s official.