Republic Wireless is cutting through the wireless industry’s usually complicated pricing schemes with simple flat-rate data 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 for unlimited minutes and text messages. On top of that, you pay for the data you use, at the rate of $5 per gigabyte. Data can be added or removed at any time via the carrier’s mobile app.
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 5-7GB 8-10GB Unlimited
*Project Fi customers pay $20 for unlimited talk and text. Data is billed at a rate of $10 per gigabyte.
**Republic Wireless customers pay $15 for unlimited talk and text. Data is billed at a rate of $5 per gigabyte.
$35 (1GB) $50 (8GB) $65
$35 (3GB) $50
$25 (talk and text only)
$30 (2GB) $40 (5GB) $55
$30 (2GB) $40 (5GB) $50
$20 (talk, text and Wi-Fi)
$15 (talk, text and Wi-Fi)
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) $70
$30 (500MB) $40 (3GB) $50 (7GB) $60 (10GB) $75
$35 (5GB) $45 (10GB) $60
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Stephen Layton is a staff writer at NerdWallet, a personal finance website. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updated March 5, 2018.