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In 2011 RW launched in beta on a lowly LG Optimus S phone. The phone ran Android which allowed for some tinkering to make this hybrid calling system work at the system level. There are VOIP (voice over internet protocol) apps out there, but they run as a third party app and you have to either keep them open all the time or remember to open them when you want to make a call. RW's customized Android system put the VOIP in the Android code so you would just use the phone like normal. You use the normal phone app the phone came with and the normal messaging app. And in return for using your own WiFi network (or your work, your coffee shop, your McDonald's, etc) your bill was $19 a month for unlimited everything. Let me repeat that, $19 unlimited data, calling, and texting. The idea is a very disruptive one for the cell phone industry, but the big four (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile) weren't scared. See to use this system you had to use RW's phone, and RW's phones weren't all that great; left over LG Optimus S, and then Motorola Defys. I was intrigued about the service back in 2011, but since I find any Android version before Jellybean (4.2) to look and feel ugly I wouldn't let myself use it. Fast forward to November 14 and now we have RW coming out of beta with arguably one of the best Android phone of 2013, the Motorola Moto X.
I'm not going to go into detail about the phone in this post, but suffice it to say it's a very good phone made by a company owned by Google, Motorola. It is running Android 4.2.2 Jellybean, meaning it's both useable and not horrible to look at, and it's got some great features only found on the X. RW has perfected a lot of rough edges to their service and now I'm ready to jump on. For $299 you get a contract free white or black Motorola Moto X with 16GB of storage. Now before you start saying you can get it for $50 or free those deals are with a 2 year plan from one of the big four. And with that 2 year plan are early termination fees and high monthly plan rates. They also learned a lot about their business structure and with the new phone comes new plans:
So between the phone and the plans I felt the time was right to try Republic Wireless and see just how good and how disruptive they are. I'll be throwing in posts over the next month or so with my thoughts on the phone and the service. And if you're ready to try the service out now (there is a 30 day trial period) use this link, it'll get you $19 off your first month.