Republic Wireless is cutting through the wireless industry’s usually complicated pricing schemes with simple flat-rate data plans. The carrier is an inexpensive option if you use little to no data, but its larger data plans don’t return as much value as competitors’ plans.
At a glance
- Plans start at $15 per month
- Notables: Inexpensive for low-data users; defaults to Wi-Fi for calls and data, and uses cellular networks as a backup
Republic Wireless cell phone plans
Republic Wireless plans start at $15 per month and range from no data to 10GB. The company does not offer an unlimited data plan.
- Unlimited talk and text: $15
- 1GB: $20
- 2GB: $30
- 4GB: $45
- 6GB: $60
- 10GB: $90
Customers can use their phone as a mobile hot spot if they have a cellular data plan. Republic does not offer an autopay discount or a family plan discount.
Republic Wireless’ network
Republic Wireless routes all phone usage through Wi-Fi and uses Sprint’s and T-Mobile’s networks for backup when Wi-Fi isn’t available. The carrier’s Wi-Fi calling technology is unique amongst wireless companies, so you may not be able to bring your own phone to its network.
How Republic Wireless compares on prices
1GB or less 2-4GB 5-6GB 8-10GB Unlimited
$30 (talk and text only) $45 (6GB) $65
$35 (3GB) $50
$25 (talk and text only)
$20 (2GB) $40 (5GB) $60
$30 (2GB) $40 (5GB) $50
$15 (talk, text and Wi-Fi)
$60 (6GB) $90 (10GB) Sprint prepaid $45 (4GB) $65
Straight Talk Wireless $30 (1,500 minutes, unlimited texts and 100MB data) $35 (2GB) $45 (10GB) $55
$45 (4GB) $55 (6GB) $75
$30 (talk and text only) $40 (3GB) $50 (7GB) $60 (10GB) $80
Stephen Layton is a staff writer at NerdWallet, a personal finance website. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updated June 5, 2017.