New carrier offers unlimited service, no contracts or overages for $19/mo

By Matthew
Nov 9, 2011
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  1. Tired of restrictive contracts and costly overages? Republic Wireless is too. The newcomer has busted onto the scene with a service that is currently unmatched by Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and…

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  2. Darkshadoe

    Darkshadoe TS Guru Posts: 571   +112

    I hope this works. I'd like to see the phone companies knocked down a few pegs.
  3. tehbanz

    tehbanz TS Enthusiast Posts: 183   +10

    Exactly darkshadoe, if anything this might cause other carriers to "reconsider" their price structures/overage fees/bandwidth caps! if it comes around my area i'll take advantage of it.

    And the phone is nice too, i have an optimus and once it was rooted/custom rommed it improved like 50% over stock :) awesome stuff!
  4. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    Isn't this like MetroPCS or Virgin Mobile? The only reason a lot of people from AT&T, Verizon and Sprint don't go to MetroPCS or Virgin Mobile, is mainly because of call quality and handsets. What really sets this company apart? Until they sell some high-end smartphones or maybe even the iPhone, I don't see why would people consider switching, seeing as you can't even transfer your current phone to their network.
  5. Scshadow

    Scshadow TS Guru Posts: 467   +96

    Too many restrictions to me. I side step the rules and I have an HTC inspire running on at&t service towers contracted to straight talk. $45 for unlimited everything although word is your account gets flagged if you go over 2 gbs of data. I get H+ data speeds(which face it, it is the best service you'll get outside of any large cities and in all honesty is plenty fast to give you a smooth experience/chew through your data cap. I'll be lucky to get LTE within the next 5 years).

    But, its better off to use anything except the overpriced services direct from the big 4. They need to quit the contract crap, price the services properly, and make people buy phones outright. If you can't afford a phone, you can't afford phone service. Its something the government should have made them do a long time ago.
  6. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 1,937   +157

  7. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,729   +1,093

    I don't think they'll ever quit contracts. The 'low buy-in' / 'high fees' model is very popular. Gillette made a killing selling cheap razors with expensive replacement blades.

    A cell contract allows the carrier to project their cash flow for the next two years. They can easily see what their guaranteed income will be for months into the future and can plan spending/promotions/new towers etc on those numbers. I don't see them giving that up. People prefer the 'deal' of a cheap awesome phone with a higher monthly fee.

    Can you imagine if a phone was $400, but the monthly fee was $20 and the sales person had to explain the present value of future cash flows to a customer to prove that they were actually saving money?
  8. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,291   +55

    No one seems to even have $20 to their name anymore. I'm sure they bought their phones with credit cards too. Haven't essentially raised minimum wage in 30 years; the standard for all wages, I guess. I would prefer the $400 phone and $20 a month. Ooma even offers free (except taxes) landline phone service like that for $200 one time and it's popular.
  9. Sounds like a creative idea to the phone contract problem. I wonder how long it will last?

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