WiFi-first Sprint and T-Mobile MVNO Republic Wireless is replacing all its current plans with new ones. The new plans are less expensive for plans that include 2 GB or more of data. All customers on the current Clear Choice plans will be migrated to the new plans, which Republic is calling My Choice, tomorrow December 12. Customers on grandfathered Republic 1.0 and Refund plans will not be migrated and can keep those plans.
My Choice pricing is quite simple, $ 15/month for unlimited talk and messaging plus $ 5/month for each gigabyte of data. There are also taxes and fees. Republic collects the usual sales taxes and e911 fees plus pass-throughs of regulatory costs and fees. Customers have reported taxes of between 10% and 30% depending on state and locality.
Here’s a comparison of the old and new plans:
- Unlimited voice and messaging $ 15 (no change)
- Unlimited voice and messaging and 1 GB of data $ 20 (no change)
- Unlimited voice and messaging and 2 GB of data $ 25 (was $ 30)
- Unlimited voice and messaging and 3 GB of data $ 30 (new plan)
- Unlimited voice and messaging and 4 GB of data $ 35 (was $ 45)
- Unlimited voice and messaging and 5 GB of data $ 40 (new plan)
- Unlimited voice and messaging and 6 GB of data $ 45 (was $ 60)
- Unlimited voice and messaging and 7 GB of data $ 50 (new plan)
- Unlimited voice and messaging and 8 GB of data $ 55 (new plan)
- Unlimited voice and messaging and 9 GB of data $ 60 (new plan)
- Unlimited voice and messaging and 10 GB of data $ 65 (was $ 90)
My Choice plan customers will be able to add extra data at $ 5/GB on an as-needed basis. Republic’s announcement doesn’t say how long add-on data is good for. That leads me to suspect that add-ons expire at the end of the current plan month.
Republic is a WiFi-first service. The Republic dialer app defaults to making WiFi calls if the phone is connected to WiFi. The Sprint or T-Mobile network is used for calls if the phone if there is no WiFi connection.
Source: Republic Wireless