This post brought to you by Republic Wireless. All opinions are 100% mine.
A few months ago we, reviewed Republic Wireless’ Motorola DEFY XT Smartphone. At just $199, the phone is inexpensive. At just $19 a month — about 60 cents a for unlimited data, talk and text the service is amazingly cost-effective. It is an inexpensive way to get all the smartphone goodness you could want. Check it out.
Here’s a little factoid that’s worth keeping in mind: the average American’s monthly cellphone bill is more than their grocery or health insurance expense. That’s. Just. Crazy.
Republic Wireless decided to change all that, and they have. They built a smartphone service actually cuts the cost of smartphone ownership from over $100 a month to just $19 a month. But for under $20 a month customers still get all the talking, texting and surfing they want. But there’s more. The plan comes with no (as in NO!) contract and there are no overage charges.
How can Republic Wireless offer so much for so little? Hybrid WiFi Calling makes all the difference. Hybrid WiFi Calling leverages the power of your home and work WiFi network to increase speeds and reduce costs.
Here’s how it works: When you are home the phone connects to your WiFi network and routes all calls, texts, and data usage over it rather than your cellular network. When you are out and about, the phone switches over to the cellular network. Then, as soon as you are in a known WiFi network, it switches back and uses it instead of the cellular network. It all translates to your using the cellular network less frequently and your WiFi access more. That saves you money. Best of all, the handoff between cellular, WiFi, and then cellular again happens seamlessly without your needing to do a thing.
Thee’s one more thing that is worth mentioning — the phone. While you might think a $199 smartphone would be an outdated and slow phone, that isn’t the case. It is dated considering it runs Android 2.3 but it actually works quite well. Bleeding edge? No way. Gets the job done? Yup.
The Motorola DEFY XT Smartphone has a front-facing VGA webcam and a rear-facing camera with auto focus, LED Flash, and 4x digital zoom. The Android handset uses Sprint’s 3G network for cellular data and gets dual-band reception. And the phone is tough, thanks to its 3.7” Corning Gorilla glass display is dust-proof, water and scratch-resistant.
In other words, Republic Wireless gives you a no compromise phone, a no compromise data plan, and a price that will save you a ton.