Republic Wireless has decided to offer six full months of service absolutely free of charge to its current and new customers. This free service deal already comes with unlimited voice calls, texting, and a gigabyte of data. Like most special offers, this new one from the mobile virtual network operator comes with a caveat -- it is only made available to mobile users who are purchasing either Motorola’s Moto Z Play or Huawei’s Ascend 5W.
But there is some bit of good news -- the MVNO is also offering a special deal on the handsets themselves. The Moto Z Play will be offered for a price of just $349 from December 7th until December 12th. As for the Huawei Ascend 5W, it will be offered for only $129 from December 13th until December 19th.
There is a specific reason why Republic Wireless is offering a six month free service deal. The carrier recently spun off from its parent company, Bandwidth, whose business involves selling telecommunications solutions to enterprises. As Republic Wireless goes independent, it also gets a capital investment in the amount of $30 million.
Over the years, Republic Wireless has built quite a reputation for offering low cost mobile services to customers, which is made possible by its approach of taking full advantage of both Wi-Fi hotspots and standard cellular phone networks in providing voice call and data service for handsets at a lower pricing as compared to plans offered by other mobile operators. Republic’s service basically users Wi-Fi connections whenever they are available, and then roams unto a cell network when Wi-Fi networks are spotty or nonexistent. Half a decade ago when it first started, Republic leased network capacity from major US wireless carrier Sprint, but now its customers get to choose between T-Mobile or Sprint. The carrier’s mobile plans typically start at $15 per month.
It is not Republic Wireless’ style to publish its customer figures, but there is some indication that the carrier has certainly made some significant progress in the last few years, due mainly to its effective marriage of affordable Wi-Fi coverage and traditional cellular services. Still, Republic is hardly the only MVNO out there that is Wi-Fi-centric. FreedomPop and Google’s Project Fi have quite similarly structured plans, and if more of these mobile operators increase in number, there is some possibility that they will impact the current dominance of the Big Four (Verizon Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint).
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