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The purpose of this wiki is to provide helpful and unbiased information about the Republic Wireless service and phones. Because this wiki is neither sponsored nor endorsed by Republic Wireless, some information may deviate from the official positions of Republic Wireless.
What is Republic Wireless
Headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, Republic Wireless is an innovative new mobile carrier offering "hybrid" phones. A hybrid phone receives service from either Wi-Fi Internet connections or traditional cell service. Proprietary software bundled with the phone automatically switches between Wi-Fi and cellular service without the need for user involvement.
Only phones containing Republic's unique firmware can be used with the service, and that firmware is not available for phones used on other carriers. Monthly service plans have no contract commitment and pricing that varies depending on the level of cell service included. Customers may change plans as their needs dictate up to twice a month.
Voice calls over Wi-Fi Internet use the VoIP (Voice over IP) infrastructure of Republic's parent company, Bandwidth.com. Texts (SMS and MMS) are also sent and received over Wi-Fi using Republic's texting infrastructure. When Wi-Fi Internet is unavailable and the monthly service plan permits it, Sprint's nationwide cellular network takes over for calls, texts, and data. There are no limits for voice minutes or texts, regardless of monthly plan, even when roaming. Cellular data is unlimited when using Sprint's native network (not roaming), but will be throttled when more than 5GB of data per month has been used more than once in a 6 month period. Roaming data is capped at 25 MB per month.
Republic's low monthly cost is mainly due to preferential use of Wi-Fi Internet rather than cellular network service. Republic further reduces costs by not operating a traditional call center for customer service or technical support. Instead, support incidents are opened online from Republic's support page. Responses to support requests are sent via E-mail and also may be viewed by the customer upon returning to the support page. Tech support reps may also call customers to expedite troubleshooting. For issues that don't require direct involvement by Republic, customers are encouraged to assist each other in online Community Forums.
While Republic describes their business as "spearheading a wireless freedom movement to return value and control of the smartphone experience", there are still some restrictions on that freedom - mainly in that Republic's phones contain proprietary firmware and cannot be used with other carriers. Prospective new customers should review The Complete List of Caveats to learn more about limitations, and The Complete List of Kudos to learn about some of Republic's services that go above and beyond official policy.
Republic Wireless currently accepts customers from all 50 states, but does not directly ship phones to Alaska and Hawaii. Cellular coverage is limited to the 50 states, but the phones can use Wi-Fi service anywhere in the world. Outbound calling is limited to the 50 states and Canada regardless of location.Republic Wireless is a division of Bandwidth.com, founded in 1999, whose network and communications solutions power other innovative services from Google, Skype, Vonage, and many more.
Learn more about Republic Wireless: http://www.republicwireless.com
The Republic Wireless community discussions are here: https://community.republicwireless.com/welcome
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