According to a report by Fierce Wireless, Republic Wireless is planning to offer service on both GSM and CDMA networks possibly in March or April of this year. On top of that, the budget friendly wireless carrier will also be debuting a new payment option for mobile devices in the next few months.
Republic Wireless has reportedly inked a contract with a yet to be revealed GSM carrier, which means that customers of the mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) will soon have more options at their disposal, especially in choosing coverage and picking their preferred mobile device. To date, Republic Wireless uses Sprint’s countrywide CDMA network, although the handsets that the wireless carrier makes available on its plans are automatically configured to connect on Wi-Fi networks for voice calls and data by default.
Despite the fact that the GSM carrier is yet to be identified, industry watchers are betting that another major US wireless carrier, T-Mobile, will be the partnering operator. It should be noted that while AT&T and T-Mobile are both GSM wireless carriers, the latter is more likely to lend its network to MVNOs and smaller carriers.
With regards to pricing, the report by Fierce Wireless expects no big difference between the GSM and CDMA plan options. For those not in the know, Republic Wireless’ existing plans start at only $10 a month for voice calls and text messaging but no cellular data, with a median price of $55 a month for using 3 gigabytes of high speed LTE for every billing cycle. Also, the MVNO has Data Refunds, a refund program that will repay customers for any high speed data they did not get to use on a given month. Customers are credited back the money equal to every month’s unused data, with the refunded amount paid by every megabyte at a $15 rate.
Apart from offering service on GSM networks, Republic Wireless is also looking to debut a device financing program three months from now. The program will run through a third party seller, and will basically let eligible customers pay off their new handset via monthly installments instead of purchasing it upfront at full price.
Some may remember that back in July of last year, Republic Wireless made several changes to its pricing structure. Since that time, the wireless carrier has introduced new features including the Data Refunds mentioned earlier and Salsa, a new cellular to Wi-Fi handover feature. No doubt, Republic Wireless has been busy offering new services in order to compete with other Wi-Fi focused rivals such as RingPlus, TextNow Wireless, and even Google’s Project Fi.
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