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Republic Wireless promises $19 unlimited voice, data

updated 05:55 pm EDT, Tue November 1, 2011

Republic Wireless to bring UMA calling for $19

A new wireless provider, Republic Wireless, will launch a hybrid cellular voice and VoIP service on November 8 that promises to bring unlimited voice and data for just $19 per month. The outfit is an offshoot of Bandwidth.com, and will use Wi-Fi or data connections to make VoIP phone calls but switch to cellular-based calling when neither is available, GigaOM reported. It will also requires a specialized, Android-powered phone.

Text messages are sent over Wi-Fi or cell networks. The plan doesn't have bandwidth caps, minute limits or text maximums. The idea is similar to but slightly more advanced than the Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) scheme used by T-Mobile for some BlackBerry and Android phones.

Republic said it made its own solution, however, and will buy wholesale minutes from third-party carriers.

There is still no word on what kind of hardware will be required and if the phone will be unique or based on an existing device. Its price also remains a mystery, though with the low monthly price, it isn't likely to be subsidized.





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    Republic Wireless not ready for anything

    Republic Wireless offered little more than poor planning, poor management, and all you can eat frustration, on opening day. Credit card information was seemingly shared with a sister but unaffiliated company named Phone Booth Mobile. and invoices issued through Phone Booth Mobile were not honored leaving many angry potential customers. Republic Wireless’ website was subjected to so much traffic in the first 2 days of service that it was mostly inaccessible, those who were finally able to get into the website were subjected to anxiety over purchases assumed to be made only to be told that Republic Wireless was experiencing bugs. Startups can have teething problems, but the magnitude of the problems experienced by the hopeful who appeared for Republic Wireless bodes ill for this companys future.

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