Do you hate paying for huge cell phone bills from the big carriers? Then Republic Wireless may be a good option for you as they offer a $19 per month plan of unlimited calling, texting, and data through Sprint’s network. They manage those ultra low fees by relying on customers to mainly use Wi-Fi calling instead of the carrier’s coverage. It’s been in beta testing with the LG Optimus for a few months now and is ready to enter stage two of the testing with a new phone to lead the charge, the Motorola DEFY XT.
The DEFY XT is a rugged phone with a 3.7″ display that has a resolution of 854×540, a 1GHz processor, 5-megapixel camera, Gorilla Glass, and is IP67 rated against water and solid particles to help withstand a tumble. It’s priced at $249 for new customers but previous customers with the LG Optimus can get it for only $149. Republic Wireless is an interesting concept and even though they don’t have any high-end phones to rival other carriers, that $19/month price tag is very tempting. Are any of you already on or planning to switch to Republic Wireless?