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Republic Wireless will invite more beta users this summer

By Matthew · 6 replies
Mar 23, 2012
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  1. Several months after shipping handsets to its first batch of beta testers, Republic Wireless has announced that it will invite a second wave of users sometime this summer. The cellular…

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  2. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,044   +206

    Wish I would have jumped in when I first saw the beta still waiting in line.
  3. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    They seem to be missing what is perhaps their biggest issue: to a consumer, they are nothing but another MetroPCS-like service.

    I know it is not. But to the average Joe it is.

    Also, it doesn't matter how good, cheap, or innovative the service is. Clearly they are not trying to compete with the likes of MetroPCS or BoostMobile, they seem to be going straight for the head: AT&T and Verizon. In order to succeed, they need to be able to port existing AT&T and Verizon devices to their network.

    What people don't realize is, the major reason people get into contracts is because of the devices (a part is because of coverage, but you'd be surprised at how little that matters when people switch between carriers). If I can't use an iPhone 4S, a Galaxy Nexus, or a Lumia 900 on their network, why should I switch to them? Why should I lose my current device and switch to a LG Optimus? Not gonna happen.

    However, if they are able to make such a thing happen, it's over for the big players:

    When you purchase a subsidized device from AT&T or Verizon, you of course have to get into their nasty 2-year contract. However, during the first 30 days of service you are able to cancel your service without penalty if you are "dissatisfied." And keep the device.

    If we are able to purchase subsidized phones on a major network, cancel service, and then transfer it successfully to republic wireless, then that would be all kinds of amazing. I really hope this is their main plan of attack; if this happens, I can literally see the big guys bleeding customers.
  4. This is plainly not true. There is no way you can sign up with Verizon, get a subsidized phone, cancel your service in the first 30 days, and then keep that subsidized phone.
  5. ZachPA

    ZachPA TS Rookie

    There is no way you can purchase a subsidized device from a major carrier, claim dissatisfaction and exercise the 14-30-day return policy, and get to keep the phone.

    It would be nice, however, if we could bring any Sprint device or CDMA device to republic wireless, even if we have to purchase it at full retail. A Samsung Galaxy S II is $550 full retail, and the $19/month service plan add up to a 2-year total of $1006. A subsidized SGS2 from Sprint, plus the required $79/month plan after taxes and fees adds up to $2408 for the same two years. That's $56 per month saved over the course of two years. I'd take it in a heartbeat.
  6. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    I just found out. Weird because I once did it through AT&T, although it was an escalation that had to be taken by one of the area managers here in South Florida, back when they had unlimited plans. I assumed it was a regular thing as long as you cancelled within the 30 days. Guess not.

    Still, I believe the only way this network will succeed is by allowing existing AT&T and Verizon customers port their devices over, so I guess my main point now applies for out-of-contract consumers.
  7. MrAnderson

    MrAnderson TS Maniac Posts: 488   +10

    This is something to watch. I hope it does well... someone doing something different successfully will make things more competitive.

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