Although it technically moved out of a two-year-long beta test back in the fall of 2013, “hybrid” mobile operator Republic Wireless continued to offer services that felt experimental and unripe for the mainstream segment.
Until today, when a critical T-Mobile collaboration is officially announced, alongside network compatibility for seven of the most popular Android smartphones available stateside. Well, more like six, plus the entry-level Galaxy J3 (2016).
The seven handhelds are manufactured by four of the top five US industry brands, and will range in price from $180 to $800. The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is unsurprisingly the costliest of the bunch, followed by its flat sibling at $700, the Galaxy S6, Huawei Nexus 6P, Moto X Pure Edition, LG Nexus 5X, and of course, the aforementioned J3.
Quite a robust, diverse and ultimately appealing product portfolio for a carrier that currently only sells the second-gen Moto E and Motorola Moto G (3rd gen). If paying full retail for the above sounds a little… inconvenient, it’s good to know Republic Wireless shall also offer traditional financing plans starting in July, when all those gadgets are due on the MVNO. And you can even bring your own unlocked device to the up-and-coming service provider, as long as it’s on the support list.
Still keen on keeping you connected to Wi-Fi rather than cellular bands whenever possible, including for voice calls, Republic Wireless has a new backup plan in addition to the Sprint safety net. The name of its first GSM partner is kept under wraps for contractual reasons, though we’re hearing “magenta” whispers that all but confirm alternate T-Mobile connectivity.
There’s even more good news to report on the pricing plan front, with several affordable new options in the pipeline, starting at $20 a month for unlimited talk and text, as well as 1GB high-speed LTE data. Now that no longer sounds like experimental service.