Dec 06 AT 10:00 AM Anthony Domanico 119 Comments

Republic Wireless: The first 12 hours

Republic Wireless

It’s been about a month since we’ve mentioned Republic Wireless on Android and Me, when we covered its launch on November 8. Republic Wireless is a new type of cell phone carrier that offers unlimited calls, texts and data for an insanely cheap $19 per month. The $19 per month plan blows most pre-paid and post-paid phone plans out of the water, but there’s a fairly significant catch to the service that will prevent the service from being massively adopted.

The service was set up under the assumption that people are around and can connect to WiFi 60% of the time. When connected to WiFi, you can make calls, send text messages and use as much data as you want. When you’re connected to a mobile network (Sprint’s 3G network), Republic Wireless holds you to what it calls your “Cellular Usage Index (CUI).” The CUI is essentially a fair-use threshold, which limits your cellular network usage to approximately 550 minutes, 150 text messages and 300 MB of data under standard conditions.

Note: The CUI is not hard and fast and will fluctuate based on your usage. The CUI will essentially tie to how much WiFi vs. Cellular you use. If you use WiFi a ton (say the equivalent of 5GB), you’ll have much more leeway in your cellular data/minutes. Thanks, maciel310!

If you go over these caps, Republic Wireless will work with you to find ways to lower your cellular usage, and increase the time you spend on WiFi. If you continue your pattern of going over your limits, they can boot you off of their network.

When Republic Wireless launched a month ago, I promised that I’d order a device and report on my experience over a few weeks of the service. What follows are my first impressions after spending just 12 hours with the phone.

The Phone – LG Optimus

I didn’t really want to spend too much time talking about the device itself, as my intentions were to review only the service, but felt the phone was worth a mention so you knew what you’re getting yourselves into should you choose to join Republic Wireless.

Republic Wireless has only one phone available to date, the entry-level LG Optimus (though they’ve promised more are coming soon). Though the Optimus is one of the better entry-level devices out there, it doesn’t always reflect the best Android experience. It runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread on a 600 MHz processor with a 3.2-inch touchscreen. The Optimus also has a 3.2 megapixel camera.

Though not the best device out there, the Optimus has handled all of the day-to-day tasks (email, twitter, facebook, etc.) just fine.

The Service

The primary network Republic Wireless runs on is whatever WiFi network you happen to be connected to. When you’re not connected to WiFi, you’ll revert to Sprint’s 3G network and be limited to the CUI we described above.

When you first turn on your cell phone, you’ll be prompted to connect to a Wi-Fi network. Once you do that, the set-up process is over, and you’ll have to launch a Google Application (such as Gmail or the Android Market) to log into your Google account. Once you’ve done both of these things, you should be good to go with your phone.

So far, most things I’ve done over both WiFi and Sprint’s 3G network have gone off without a hitch. I’ve made a few phone calls, sent a few text messages and done the usual social networking-type things.

I have, however, encountered one significant drawback to the service, which could potentially impact many potential customers: Republic Wireless cannot make WiFi calls on my work’s WiFi network. I have worked for two large healthcare companies in the last five years, and both employers set up their networks in the same way. When I want to connect to WiFi at work, I have to connect to our guest network, which requires I launch a browser to accept the terms and conditions on the WiFi network.

After accepting the terms and conditions, WiFi will work for data, and maybe text messages (not sure how to check that just yet), but it won’t allow me to make calls over WiFi. Assuming other companies implement WiFi networks in a similar way, that’s one-third of most people’s day where they can’t make calls (and maybe send text messages) over WiFi. This alone could cause people to exceed their cellular usage index and put them at risk for getting booted off the network.

Final Thoughts

Since Republic Wireless is still in a beta phase, we hope that they’ll work out these kinks over the next few months. The service does have the potential to be a game-changer, offering cheap cellular coverage to individuals who are able to connect to a WiFi network at least 60% of the time.

We’ll be using Republic Wireless as my daily driver for the next few weeks, and will write up a recap of the service in time for Christmas. What do you guys want to know? Leave your questions or thoughts in the comments.

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  • YMS123

    Evan if you never use WiFi, 550 minutes, 150 text messages, and 300 MB of data, for $19 a month, is still pretty decent

    • AppleFUD

      That’s what I was thinking. . . not a bad plan at all for $19/month.

      Now if they would just let you use your unlocked phone–gNexus on there would be great!

      • kevin charliethesuperturtle

        Its cdma meaning you can’t…

        • Jack Thakar

          Given that they’re using Sprint for their 3G service, you might be able to use a Sprint phone, but the way their network works might require something else.

        • vitebsk66

          Too bad. I was hoping to be able to use whatever Android device I purchased on this plan. Though, the Optimus isn’t a bad phone, IMO. It’s just not big and fancy like the newer models.

    • Shadowlore

      The only concern I have, is whether or not they wind up eating themselves alive with their pricing scheme. Seen too many small companies that have the whole low priced plans, that magically disappear overnight.

      If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.

      • erikiksaz

        I’m a little bit more hopeful with this.

        Considering the ridiculous prices that some wireless providers charge (ahhemmATT), it’s nice to see that one company is trying their best to deconstruct the preconceived notion that we need to pay a base of $30-40 and then another $20-30 for internet.

        It’s a very google-way of doing things.

    • WarDrake

      YEah, i’m thinking i might get one in a couple weeks, sound like a decent plan.

    • BmoreHuntr

      I agree with the minutes, but that’s all. The lack of mobile network texting disallows for many school kids, as most schools don’t have public Wifi. Pair that with no GPS navigation, as that would eat up data, and you’re essentially guaranteeing a somewhat useless device.

      You’ve left yourself with a device that’s only good to make calls, and for the most part, only when you’re at home. Might as well get a home phone at this rate.

      I was very excited when it was first announced, but that time has most certainly passed.

      • Calvin Jackson

        Most home phone services cost more than $19.99, and you have the flexibility to take it with you. I may consider this as my second phone and get rid of my home phone. Kills two birds with One stone. ;)

    • pekosROB

      yep, bingo!

    • Alex

      When this comes out I’ll be a freshman in college and so grateful for it

    • AndroidJunkie

      eh, 300 MB of data would be very restrictive. you’d need to be on top of your phones app data usage, all the time.

      Virgin Mobile had a $25 plan for unlimited data, 300 minutes, unlimited text. now it’s $35. still pretty cheap. also runs on Sprints 3G network. and they have several (mid range) android phones now.

      • bdub

        I’d be so screwed on 300 megs of mobile data. Besides the typical streaming I do a lot of data transfer to/from my device on the go for my job if i’m not in my office. I do really like the general concept of this whole thing tho.

  • Jason Toering

    Thanks for writing this up. I saw this service when it was first announced and have been keeping an eye out for reviews of how it works.

  • mojomoney

    If Republic had a better selection of android phones, and I could get over my hatred of Sprint, this type of service would totally work for me. I’ve never had a carrier on which I could get a signal into the bowels of the types of manufacturing plants I work in. I have, however, been able to befriend the guys in IT and get WiFi passwords that aren’t available to others.

  • desean

    The threshold for voice and text seems sufficient for general but 300MB for data is rather low. You have to be connected to a wifi most of the time to avoid exceeding that threshold.

  • Kevin Amundson

    I for one am interested in how this works out for you. I am self employed and work from home where I have access to my WiFi all day. Because of this I didn’t even have a data plan until this past year (nearly a full year after purchasing my Nexus One). I am worried about the lack of choices for phones. Will Unlocked devices work with the network?

    • Anthony Domanico

      No, because it requires Republic to do something from a software standpoint to the phone to get it to work right.

      • Kevin Amundson

        Thanks. That’s disappointing because my Nexus One is more powerful.

        • Anthony Domanico

          They’re bringing more phones options soon. But you’ll be paying contract-free pricing.

        • Eli

          the Nexus One wouldn’t work anyway as it is a GSM (SIM card) phone. Sprint uses CDMA. The closest thing you could get would be the NExus S. but then you still run into the aforementioned software problem.

          • WarDrake

            i have a GSM phone and i run as roaming on Sprint networks, so they do support GSM

    • Mohnish

      I would suggest you to use a PAY2GO SIM for calling when outside your wifi network. Within your wifi nw, you’re all set with a VOIP app.

  • jd317

    The reasoning behind the Wi-Fi not working properly is probably due to security concerns. Republic wireless might connect on a specific port that a sonicwall/firewall is blocking.

    This should work just fine on your average network

    • Anthony Domanico

      Yeah, but when most companies use firewalled networks, that’s 1/3 of your day that you’re using cellular networks. When you have such low data caps, that could make it useless for lots of people.

      • Dano

        The key issue here is location… you are at work.

        How much time does the average ‘good employee’ spend on their private cell phone making personal calls, sending non-work-related text messages, updating their facebook or surfing during the workday — VS — that of a ‘bad employee’ ???

        • Anthony Domanico

          Yeah, but I use my cell phone for work related purposes all the time. In fact, my cell phone is in my signature.

          • Paul

            Regardless, it’s not really a Kink in Republic Wireless’s network that they can simply fix. It sounds like a mean firewall or tight security rules at work. Accepting the Agreement through Android’s browser is no problem, so that’s not tripping you up. Once you accept it, you have data. But the phone won’t work, so their blocking the port somehow. The only thing I could think Republic Wireless could do is offer alternative ports, even port 80 or 443, and/or maybe a VPN option. If your phone could VPN into one of their gateways on port 80 and then push all traffic, or voip traffic, across the tunnel, that’d effectively bypass your companies restrictions. But that’s more Republic Wireless trying to circumvent company firewalls which may be more than they’re willing to do. Regardless, I wouldn’t blame Republic on this particular issue. If you did use your phone at work a lot for work related things you could talk to the IT Department, it could be as simple as whitelist republic wireless’s servers or the ports they use.

      • sockeqwe

        I’m pretty sure that blocking the port is the reason, why phone calls doesnt work.
        And I’m also prett sure that every company that has an system/network administrator will have a firewall that block every port for security reason, except the needed ports like 80 for http …

  • dpleus

    I am only vaguely familiar with Republic Wireless, and I definitely look forward to seeing a more in-depth review. What I would like to know is the following:

    1) What are the plans for additional phones, or can you bring your own?
    2) What is call quality like on WiFi versus the Sprint Network?
    3) Will they be offering a higher limit CUI for an increaded rate?
    4) Is the service limited to a certain area, or is it open to all of the U.S.?

    • Mike

      From what i understand – they intend to have additional phones later. They’re still working out tweaks with the service right now.

      I can’t speak for call quality yet – my estimated ship date is the 8th.

      3 – good questions. I’m interested in an official answer to that one.

      4 – I’m in California – the company is in North Carolina.
      I never heard of an order being rejected for being in the wrong part of the US.
      The only limitation on their service is that you have WIFI access at home (and from the article – wifi for the initial setup, or it won’t activate).
      If you can get high speed internet where you live, and can purchase and setup a wireless router, you’re in their coverage area. ;)

  • Mike Hanel

    I use WiFi for 8 hours m-f and I still average 1GB data on my network a month ( I use about 3GB on the WiFi!) Maybe if they offered some kind of tier for people that use more data it could be worth it but as of now I am paying 49.99 unlimited on T-mobile so I don’t see a need to change any time soon….

    • Mike Hanel

      i know it’s not “Truly” unlimited… but it’s a lot more unlimited than this unlimited package (with only 3g data if on network too….)

  • Lee Swanson

    Thanks for reviewing this. I have a daughter who will be entering cell phone age, so I really want to keep Republic as an option.

  • Charlesbrown79

    In cities that are wifi enabled, this would be an awesome deal. Parts of my city have a public wifi, sadly with a tanking economy they were never able to make it city wide. I could see the future of cell phones going this way.

  • Dragonithe

    That aint bad at all!
    Here in europe we have almost the same, except for one.
    We can’t use WiFi for calls and text.

  • tengo

    This is an interesting service. Thanks for testing this and writing a review…. looking forward to more details.

    What happens when you are in the middle of a phone call on WiFi and become out of range? Does it seamlessly switch over to 3G or is the call dropped?

  • msgnyc

    I been keeping an eye on RW since its conception.
    For a measily 19$/month it would make a nice cheap little backup to toss in the glovebox incase of emergency or even give to a kid as a first phone to learn responsibility.
    The min and text alotmant is more then enougf off wifi. I would just have a hard time with the 300mb/data. =P

  • rashad360

    This looks like exactly the type of phone service for me, I am almost always in a wifi area

  • FutureShock

    I spend most of my time at home with no cell phone service thanks to AT&T crappy network. I do have a decent wifi connection though. I may look into this, it would be perfect for me. Just wish they had a better phone.

  • jaxidian

    One thing I think you totally missed was, what is call quality like over wifi? This is the biggie for me before I start suggesting a plan such as this to the budget-conscious people I know.

    Also, what are your thoughts on ripping the ROM from this phone and putting it on another phone to “bring your own” device? This way I could get a better device with the $20/mo plan.

    • msgnyc

      “Also, what are your thoughts on ripping the ROM from this phone and putting it on another phone to “bring your own” device? This way I could get a better device with the $20/mo plan.”
      Hmmm.. Interesting thought you got there. I like where your mind is at. ;)

    • Anthony Domanico

      I half-covered it here:

      “So far, most things I’ve done over both WiFi and Sprint’s 3G network have gone off without a hitch. I’ve made a few phone calls, sent a few text messages and done the usual social networking-type things.”

      I just didn’t deliberately say that call quality was fine. It is.

  • eyeswillturn

    I’ll have to keep an on on this carrier. They need better phones tho.

  • breinhar

    It’s an interesting concept that could be more common as more wireless networks become available. Although as others have said the normal plan is enough for most people.

  • tequilya

    I’m interested to hear how it handles calls as you are leaving a wifi area (like talking to someone while walking to your car as you leave work). I’m guessing dropped calls are common as it switches wifi networks and/or changes from wifi to 3g and such.

    Please keep us updated as you get to try some of these scenarios.

  • Taylor Wimberly

    So the service is similar to a torrent server where I always need to keep my share ratio up? Nice business model.

    • Anthony Domanico

      I can’t tell if you’re being sarcastic or not.

  • Paul Thomas

    Great article. Like many readers I’ve been waiting for an early adopter like yourself to take the plunge and truly test the service. Even though I receive minimal calls/text messages at work (where there is wi-fi for a tiny non-profit I work for), if I were to turn the phone off altogether at work, I assume that any txt messages and other stuff that would come trickling in when I turned it back on at home would not apply to the CUI, right? I’m not that tech savvy, but if there was a way I could figure out in advance if my business class Time-Warner Cable wi-fi enables at least txting, that would be very useful in your next article. Also, as I’m sure several have already asked, will be interesting to know what kinds of hardware they’re hoping to deploy as options, and when they might be available. Hate to take a step back in hardware if it can be avoided, though given the price point, its still tempting.

    • Anthony Domanico

      They’ve received tons of requests for devices, including several for a Galaxy Nexus. Only problem is that you’ll pay full retail ($600-750) for devices people actually want.

  • kest009

    would have been better if this was a GSM service that you could bring your phone to and just install their app to make it work.

  • zyphbear

    This mainly begs the question on the impact of high bandwidth programs (on computers and other devices) on a network while the phone is connected and how it may change the usage of the phone. I know I had WiFI calling enabled on my Tmobile android phone and it only works in perfect situations about 40% of the time. When Under less than ideal situations, (any network usage at all), it caused the phone to have a lot of interference, digital noise and audio glitches when the call was able to be completed, which worked so rarely, I just stopped trying to test. Incoming calls only worked about 5% (yes, that’s five percent) of the time, most of the time it got sent to voice mail. Outgoing calls worked correctly about 55% of the time. That was only with web browsing, not full traffic, If a game was getting played or a movie was being streamed, how would that impact it working? Would it auto switch back to the Cell Towers?

  • ndub21

    This is an interesting concept and will probably work fairly well for some people. I couldn’t ever go back to an “entry level Android phone” so that would be my first problem. My second problem is that my work doesn’t allow outside devices to connect to the WIFI network, so I would only be in range of one about half of my day. For under $20 though it’s hard to complain.

  • ranwanimator

    I had intended to sign up for RW after talking about it with my wife. The phone makes me sad, but the monthly price is $70 less than we’re paying per month now. So I went to sign up only to get a “We’re not taking any more people at this time” message. So that makes me sad too.

    I am concerned about number porting and whether the phone handles switching from wifi to cell gracefully while on a call or if it gets dropped. These are important questions I need answered.

    • Anthony Domanico

      After the first of the year, they should open up the beta again.

      I will look into switching from Wi-Fi to cellular network at home tonight.

      From what I’ve heard, porting numbers works just fine.

      • ranwanimator


  • maciel310

    That cap rumor that went around was inaccurate, and was just an example if you offload all of your usage to their network. The more you use WiFi, the more you are allowed to use on the cell network. From their Facebook page (

    republic wireless
    People of the republic, we’d just like to clarify that 550 minutes, 150 texts, and 300 MB of data over 3G is just an example, not a limit. The more you offload to Wi-Fi, the more you can use. It’s truly unlimited. We do have fair use guidelines and we encourage you to use Wi-Fi whenever possible.
    Like · · Share · November 8 at 8:07am ·

    • Anthony Domanico

      Nice. Thanks for the tip. I’ll go ahead and update the post.

  • Andrew Hughes

    Seems like they have a good idea, but finding out my phone can’t make calls at work would be quite the setback as that’s where I make most of my calls from.

  • ben dover

    Can I walk out of WIFI range and keep my call going as it switches to 3g?
    Or vice versa?

  • sully5059

    Good luck to them. I’d be interested if they can get some better phones. I currently pay AT&T $9.99 for a line on a family plan, and $15 for just 200 MB of data so right away I’d be paying less and getting more.

    The fair use guidelines wouldn’t bother me. In the 15 months since getting a Captivate I’ve never reached the 200 MB data cap because I’m on Wifi so much, I don’t send text messages and we have so many rollover minutes even though we’re on the smallest calling plan.

  • jefflarkin

    It’s certainly an interesting idea and there may be a time in the next several years where something like this will work, but I don’t think now is that time. Republic will probably be one of cutting edge companies that winds up out of business before someone else becomes successful with their idea.

  • keithp

    I see nothing but upside coming from this:

    – Even the cheapest phone will be a smartphone
    – Wireless Service prices will be driven down
    – More kids will have phones
    – More apps will be purchased

  • kevin charliethesuperturtle

    Its good for grandmas and grandpas, but for the average teen adult etc, it will be hard to not get booted off the network. I may tell my dad about this

  • Homncruse

    I think the biggest drawback here is that the CUI ratio is a unitless number with no documentation at this point. How can we be sure that each customer is being treated fairly? Sounds like there’s a lot of room for subjective bias here.

  • xfaith

    I remember seeing somewhere that they were talking about getting the Galaxy S II on board Republic.
    - Thanks for the notes about not being able to call out on WIFI requiring login pages. Once I hear about someones full month report on it I might have a second look at it.


    “Freedom” with so many limitations.

    • Anthony Domanico

      Name a cell phone carrier that doesn’t have some form of limitations, and I’ll buy you a cookie.

  • dafi81

    I pay 12 € for 1000 min, 1000 sms and unlimited data(after 2 or 5 GB the speed gets cut to 64 kbit / sec) so IMHO the US market is to expensive and any competition is more then welcome!

  • Bryan Stoner

    Even with the setback this sounds like an amazing deal. I’m sure this will win over a ton of people.

  • humidity

    I can’t wait to read your review!

  • EwanRGR

    Lets make sure we’re comparing properly, however. Virgin Mobile will let you buy their version of the LG Optimus (similar specs) for $150, and then it’s $30/month for unlimited 3G data and 100 minutes of talk per month. T-Mobile has a plan through WalMart where they have a decent 1GhZ Samsung phone that is $30/month for 5Gigs of 4G data and 100 minutes a month (also works with other unlocked GSM phones that support HSPA+).

    Given those two deals, I’m not sure that Republic is going to make a big impression since you can spend just a little more a month and have much more flexibility – particularly if you use an app like GrooveIP to handle most of your calls on the data side and keep the 100 minutes to calls where you need to rely on the voice network only.

  • Louis Atu

    I really really would jump on this if they can get more good phones like say samsung galaxy s2 or galaxy nexus

  • Peter Dowling

    Not a terrible idea, but they will never get top of the line phones, like how Clearwire is just now getting the Xperia Play. Shame though

  • JC005

    It should have more text messages than 150 I think, most people I know text more than talk these days.

  • prawnparty

    If im around wifi i wouldnt be using my phone for data. seems like a like this plan doesnt offer a lot of flexibility for me. My phone becomes basically useless its jst another wifi device in my house. And thosr limits arent good imo..

  • dandroid4g

    The optimus phones are great mid range phones but the screen is too small for me :)

    • Anthony Domanico

      Yeah, that’s been my biggest hiccup too. It’s sooooooooooo hard to use a screen that’s over 1″ smaller than my normal device.

  • whazzup969

    I’m still tempted by this, although i wish that it was on a better network than sprint’s.

  • rkumarfun

    My friend tried to sign-up the first day and the web site never came up and he finally gave up.

    • Anthony Domanico

      They had launch errors. I didn’t purchase until day 2 either.

  • dfmckay

    I think most people with get kicked off the network for going over their data. If mobile companies were smart they would let go of the minutes and text messages and focus on data.

  • Hershell Tidwell

    would look into this for the kids

  • tpulu

    Sounds interesting to me. We need some low price options in the wireless industry. Good luck Republic Wireless!

  • techvudu

    This could prove useful in a corporate environment. If wifi is normally available, and you are an enterprise traveller, I cant see why small business would not be able to use this successfully. Better phones may entice people to sign up. It seems like not much work would need to be done from a dev standpoint to move into better phones. Still, $20 a month almost makes this a burner.

    • gorwin

      I agree! Managers who only roam their buildings would be perfect for this. Construction jobs not so much, but corporate is where this could thrive.

  • David Gomez

    might be good for college students who have wifi on campus

  • sp4rky

    I want it!

  • Torrance Barber

    It seems like an innovative but ambitious service. If major cities eventually setup citywide WiFi networks as Philadelphia is trying to do, such a service might become the norm.

  • yankeesusa

    This service looks promising. But like someone mentioned above it will only work if you have widespread wifi in your city. Otherwise this will only work for people who only use low minutes with little to no data usage or texting. With todays android phone running widgets in the background this may not work as data will constantly be consumed. I guess we’ll see what happens.

  • Ilyse Rose

    That’s a pretty sick idea, I just hope they aren’t screwing themselves with their price offering and can stick around for a good long while.

  • Grant Molden

    Sounds Pretty Sweet!

  • Nicholas Vettese

    I hope that the apps change daily, and they aren’t the same apps for 10 straight days. Although, many of these I got for free with the Amazon Free App of the Day. :)

  • antfelici

    Not a bad deal for people that are around wifi for most of their day. They need to get some better phones. I may have missed it in the article but I wonder if you can use regular Sprint phones.

  • blaseb

    I might try this, Republic Wireless. This companies gonna skyrocket!

  • raymatt

    Looks decent. Worth a try for $20.00.

  • Jack 43

    Looks like a winner.

  • eliander mendoza

    I think i will hold back for at least a year unless people really start getting into it. I dont want to loose my plan with boost mobile 35 a month unlimited all…

  • thr970

    Would not work well in rural areas

  • flamesbladeflcl

    I use barely any minutes but a lot of data

  • ibap

    I’ve been watching this service and wondering how it will work. It will be interesting to see how they deal with the restricted WiFi in workplaces.

  • ibap

    And what about – this looks super to me, though more money than Republic.

  • Santana

    Not bad at all. Stick it to the contract providers

  • ralphwiggum1

    I will be jumping from my $30 pageplus plan (1200 mins/3000text/100mb) to their $12 plan (250mins/250text/10mb) next cycle.

    I will continue to use my Droid X2.

  • AvantGuard

    I have the Sprint version of the Optimus and I HIGHLY recommend it as an entry-level phone. That’s essentially what this is, right? I mean, we’re all REALLY into our phones and tablets and whatnot, but what about our (older) parents or kids? It’s a cheap upgrade from a “feature” phone for people that don’t care about the barcode scanner app or the Twitters and whatnot.

    Sounds like quite the deal for an entry-level smartphone with plan. If they reopened beta, I can think of a few Christmas lists I could add it to.

  • Sean the Electrofreak

    Interesting concept. I hope you guys keep reporting on stuff like this so I can see how it pans out.

  • antfelici

    I wish every cell phone company was this smart.

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  • BJ Beier

    I think this is an amazing concept and I would love to see it take off! It would really give the big cell providers a run for their money, and put the power of the cell back in the hands of the people!

  • Raylinkz

    1. Evidently they didn’t plan on this beta launch to be so wildly received, sold out in the first day.
    2. Cheap service, expensive phone wouldn’t play in Peoria.
    3. Designed for modest user who now have little or no choice for smart phone service.
    4. Since I must have high speed internet, I am currently using cell, Google Voice and Magic
    5. Gives you the best of both worlds, smart cell phone that reduces usage with wifi, if available.
    6. Cell providers with somewhat competitive pricing usually can’t toggle to wifi usage.
    7. Beta means working out the kinks, switch from wifi to cell isn’t seamless.
    8. No contract. And please remember it’s $19 a month!
    9. Only company I’ve done business with where the owner sent me a personal email.
    0. Quit griping about price, selection, CIU, customer service and get a life.
    You can’t enroll right now anyway.

  • androidindia

    Hehe I’m using the optimus one xD

  • Greg.

    Co-sign on the Groove IP app. That + google voice is your VOIP and SMS solution (but not MMS, unless you’re w/Sprint)

  • Kevin Amundson

    Thanks. I’ll look into that.