Republic Wireless Reinvents Wireless With Hybrid Calling

$19/Month Flat Rate for Unlimited Talk, Text and Web

Research Triangle Park, NC November 8, 2011

Republic Wireless™ , the country’s newest wireless provider, today began a revolution in wireless by launching nationwide Hybrid Calling™ – unlimited talk, text, and Web with no contract for $19 a month.

Republic Wireless’ Hybrid Calling enables its smartphones to use Wi-Fi in the home, office or anywhere else as the primary network for calls. When outside of Wi-Fi coverage, the smartphone seamlessly uses the cellular network. The company’s $19 per-month rate and low smartphone cost unlocks the value of widely available Wi-Fi networks, reducing costs typically charged by other US-based wireless carriers.

“Wi-Fi is ubiquitous and cheap,” said Brian Dally, GM of republic. “Cellular spectrum, by contrast, is expensive and controlled by the few. So we inverted the status quo, routing everything over Wi-Fi whenever possible and relegating cellular to its proper place – when we are outside of the home, office, or hotspots. The result is unparalleled consumer freedom and unbeatable value.”

Traditional mobile network operators prevent their smartphones from dialing natively over Wi-Fi, restrict data usage, hike monthly rates, and charge additional fees. Republic Wireless is taking an exciting new approach. The company does not charge overages or roaming fees. In fact, Republic Wireless has eliminated contracts and termination fees altogether.

“We hold this to be self-evident: that the best, fastest, and highest-value network is the Wi-Fi you already have in your home and office,” said David Morken, co-founder and CEO of Republic Wireless’ parent company, Bandwidth.com. “We believe that most smartphones should be communicating over Wi-Fi natively, and only using cellular spectrum if needed, not all the time,” said Morken. “The cellular emperor has no clothes – smart consumers have been clamoring for someone to unlock the value of our home and office networks for years. Republic Wireless uniquely delivers what they’ve been asking for. Our beta, launched today, ushers in a new era in wireless and is the beginning of our mission to bring customers unprecedented value.”

The Republic Wireless community will leverage available Wi-Fi networks to minimize its cellular footprint. Each member will establish at least one Wi-Fi connection to maintain the community’s fair use policy. To help members keep tabs on how they’re doing, Republic Wireless provides them with regular feedback and usage data available online. The data includes comparative and trended metrics such as Wi-Fi percentage and cell network utilization for the individual and the community overall.

Membership at Republic Wireless includes an LG Optimus Android smartphone running Android 2.3 (“Gingerbread”) without a contract. The service comes complete with Hybrid Calling and unlimited talk, text and Web. When members are outside the range of Wi-Fi, Republic Wireless smartphones utilize cellular networks with nationwide coverage.

Membership at Republic Wireless, which costs $199 for an initial start up fee plus $19 per month thereafter, includes:

  • The first month of service bundled with the start up fee An LG Optimus smartphone running Android 2.3 (“Gingerbread”)
  • Month-to-month freedom from contracts and termination fees
  • Unlimited voice minutes
  • Unlimited text messages
  • Unlimited data megabytes
  • Automatic default to Wi-Fi when in range
  • Automatic Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) calling over Wi-Fi
  • Internet protocol texting over Wi-Fi
  • Nationwide cellular coverage when Wi-Fi isn’t available
  • No overages or roaming fees, ever
  • No-risk, 30-day money back guarantee
  • For the cellular component of the Republic Wireless offering on its first phone, wireless network services are provided on the Nationwide Sprint Network.*
  • For more information about membership at Republic Wireless, please visit: http://www.republicwireless.com/

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About Republic Wireless: Republic Wireless is spearheading a wireless freedom movement to return value and control of the smartphone experience to our members. Leveraging the power of the Internet and an engaged community of users, Republic Wireless offers unlimited voice, text, and data service for only $19 per month. Republic Wireless is headquartered in Cary, NC and is a division of Bandwidth.com, Inc.

Required legal disclaimer: Although Sprint provides Republic Wireless subscribers access to its wireless network and to its wireless services; Republic Wireless is responsible to the Republic Wireless subscribers for the service. Please call Republic Wireless with any questions or comments about services.