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Republic Wireless Adds GSM Provider and Popular Android Phones

Discussion in 'Wireless News' started by JFB, May 11, 2016.

  1. JFB

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    *Press Release*

    Four of the Top Five Android Phone Brands and the Second of Four Major Cellular Networks Join WiFi Calling Pioneer Republic Wireless

    Wi-Fi calling goes mainstream - Proving that smaller carriers can serve customers beyond specific market niches and without compromises, Republic Wireless will further accelerate mass adoption of its popular WiFi first business model by adding a nationwide GSM carrier to its cellular network options along with a portfolio of leading new smartphones from numerous manufacturers. To make it even easier to join Republic Wireless, the company will also provide simple device financing and support customers bringing their own unlocked Android smartphones from Motorola, Samsung, and the Google Nexus line by LG and Huawei.

    Raleigh, NC (PRWEB) May 11, 2016

    Republic Wireless is readying WiFi calling for prime time. On the heels of its groundbreaking Bonded CallingTM technology rollout, which significantly improves the WiFi calling experience, Republic Wireless today announced it will dramatically widen its product portfolio in July by offering its affordable service on popular models from four of the top five U.S. Android smartphone manufacturers. Customers may purchase these smartphones at either RepublicWireless.com or bring their own new or used versions of the following initial list of leading Android MTM enabled devices:
    • Moto X Pure Edition
    • Google Nexus 6P by Huawei
    • Google Nexus 5X by LG
    • Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016)
    • Samsung Galaxy S6
    • Samsung Galaxy S7
    • Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
    Additionally, when cellular is needed, all of these devices will have access to a new nationwide GSM carrier with the fastest nationwide 4G LTE network. This is the second nationwide carrier Republic Wireless has integrated with for its seamless hybrid WiFi and cellular service. The company launched with Sprint in 2011 and plans to continue utilizing their network as well.

    Beyond this initial list of devices, the company is continuing to test and certify additional smartphone models that can be enhanced with their Adaptive CoverageTM technology and expects to announce additional lower priced devices in the coming weeks.

    “We’ve been working for this day since we first launched on November 19th, 2011. Our vision has always been to make our remarkably affordable and fair services available to the vast majority of the Android smartphone market. However, as in any new technology approach, innovation often initially comes with a few compromises; and in the case of our hybrid WiFi calling, it was a limited selection of devices and cellular network. Thanks to some key breakthroughs in our Adaptive Coverage technology and the addition of a GSM carrier partner, our vision will become reality, as we will remove these limitations so we can serve many more customers with our top-ranked offering,” said Chris Chuang, chief operating officer of Republic Wireless.

    Republic Wireless has earned a loyal customer following and prestigious awards such as PC Magazine’s Editor’s Choice for “Highest User Satisfaction for plan costs in the nation” as well as top rankings in Consumer Reports surveys and more.

    “Our upcoming launch is very much a direct response to the feedback our customers have given us. While they love our plans, they didn’t want to be limited to a single cellular network and device manufacturer option with Republic. As a result, our engineers have worked tirelessly to change how we integrate our software with new devices. The result was a new approach that allowed us to not only work with more manufacturers, but also improve the speed of our devices launches and software updates to our customers. We’re excited to add some of the newest and best-selling devices from multiple manufacturers along with device financing that allows customers to pay for phones over time. When you combine our affordable plans with a broad new device lineup and a new GSM network that has the fastest 4G LTE in the country, you get a very compelling WiFi first offer with no compromises,” Chuang added.

    The company also announced that, in response to strong customer feedback, it will be adding new pricing plans to accompany the new devices and new GSM network, with full details forthcoming in the next couple weeks. One example of the new plans Republic Wireless shared is a $20 per month offer that includes unlimited talk and text + 1GB of high speed LTE data.

    “We’ve built something purposely different at Republic Wireless, something based on respect and fairness in an industry that seemingly lacked both. Customers joined us, became passionate enthusiasts, and an incredible source of ideas, support and true partnership in building Republic Wireless to what it is today. In response to their feedback, we are working to update our pricing plans to include a new, industry leading $20 per month plan option. This new plan will allow a large portion of our customer base to save even more money,” Chuang added.

    About Republic Wireless
    Recognized for excellence in customer service by PC Magazine and noted the top pre-paid carrier choice by Consumer Reports, Republic Wireless is on a mission to provide remarkably simple and affordable ways to stay in touch with anyone, anywhere, in any way. A division of Bandwidth, headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, Republic Wireless leverages the power of both WiFi and cellular networks and gives consumers the ultimate flexibility to manage costs. The service uses WiFi in the home, office or anywhere else as the primary network for calls, texts and data. When outside of WiFi coverage, the smartphone works just like a typical smartphone on the cellular networks of national carriers. Visit http://www.republicwireless.com/ for more information. Media resource center here.

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  2. KevinJames

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    @JFB: Based on your personal experience and enthusiasm for this, I actually checked to see the availability here in CA. Their "bonded" technology is very interesting. For me, on my unlimited voice & text plan, I truly don't see the benefits. "Maybe" (and that's a big maybe) if I traveled along the coast where federal laws prevent the build-out of wireless, I can see that IF WiFi were available, it might make a nice adjunct to my service. But the likelihood of finding WiFi in the coastal woods is probably nill. I'm not sure under what other scenario it would be a cost-effective add-on. What are your thoughts?
     
  3. JFB

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    On Republic, I've pretty much been able to use the Moto X for everything I need for $14-$20 per month. My immediate area is very well covered by Optimum WiFi (my cable co) and they have reciprocal agreements with Xfinity and TW for further WiFi coverage. It is also not hard to find free WiFi in restaurants, hospitals, other people's homes, etc. (One thing residential customers of these cable companies may not realize is that the free WiFi router they get becomes a public hotspot for other customers.) When I'm driving or away from WiFi, the Sprint service has been fine for me. I don't really sweat being connected 100% of the time, but it is rare that the phone can't find a Sprint or WiFi signal. There are some glitches once in awhile and I just got a WiFi extender to improve my home WiFi in areas farthest away from the router.
     
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