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Republic Wireless Cell Phone Plans

June 5, 2016
Cell Phones, Utilities

Republic Wireless is cutting through the wireless industry’s usually complicated pricing schemes with simple flat-rate data plans.

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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
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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 Sprints 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.

» MORE: What Wi-Fi calling is and how it can save you money

How Republic Wireless compares on prices

 1GB or less2-4GB5-7GB8-10GBUnlimited
*Republic Wireless customers pay $15 for unlimited talk and text. Data is billed at a rate of $5 per gigabyte.
AT&T GoPhone
$35 (talk and text only)$45 (6GB)$65
Boost Mobile
$35 (3GB)$50
Cricket Wireless
$25 (talk and text only)
$30 (2GB)$40 (5GB)$60
$30 (2GB)$40 (5GB)$50
Republic Wireless*
$15 (talk, text and Wi-Fi)

$20 (1GB)
$25 (2GB)

$30 (3GB)

$35 (4GB)
$40 (5GB)

$45 (6GB)

$50 (7GB)
$55 (8GB)

$60 (9GB)

$65 (10GB)
Sprint prepaid$45 (4GB)$65
Straight Talk Wireless$30 (1,500 minutes, unlimited texts and 100MB data)$35 (2GB)$45 (10GB)$55
T-Mobile prepaid
$45 (4GB)$55 (6GB)$75
Verizon prepaid
$30 (talk and text only)$40 (3GB)$50 (7GB)$60 (10GB)$80
Virgin Mobile

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Stephen Layton is a staff writer at NerdWallet, a personal finance website. Email:

Updated March 5, 2018.