Republic Wireless launches new plans that refund unused data fees

Republic Wireless continues to offer innovative, low-cost solutions in the wireless space. The Republic Refund plan credits you back for unused cellular data so you only pay for what you use.

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In 2011 Republic Wireless launched a unique service that offered customers plans with very low cost cellular and WiFi network support with a focus on using WiFi as the primary service connection.

Using WiFi as a primary connection may make some people uneasy so today Republic Wireless announced its new Republic Refund plan that credits you back the monetary value for any cellular data you did not use. Republic states that Republic Refund trial participants paid on average just $14.78 per month.

This new Republic Refund plan gives you the ability to test the limits of the Republic system and hopefully save you lots of money in the process. Republic Wireless offers the 2nd generation Moto X and Moto G so you can pick up a solid phone to use with its plans.

David Morken, co-founder and CEO of Republic Wireless stated:

The cellular industry, largely dominated by 2 giant companies, has done a brilliant job convincing people that they need huge buckets of cellular data. The truth is that most people are within range of WiFi the majority of their day and therefore never use all the data the carrier made them buy. The industry profits wildly from this practice - an estimated $52 billion annually, and we are determined to change that.

Republic offers the following Republic Refund plans. Remember that any cellular data not used is credited back to your account so there is no risk in choosing a higher cellular data option.

  • $5 - unlimited WiFi calling, texting and data
  • $10 - "Base Plan" - unlimited WiFi calling, texting and data + unlimited cellular calling and texting
  • $17.50 - unlimited WiFi calling, texting and data + unlimited cell talk and & text, 0.5 GB on-net cell data
  • $25 - unlimited WiFi calling, texting and data + unlimited cell talk and & text, 1 GB 4G on-net cell data
  • $40 - unlimited WiFi calling, texting and data, unlimited cell talk and & text, 2 GB 4G on-net cell data
  • Additional cell data - pay as you go for $15/GB

As you can see, Republic Wireless is focused on offering the customer just what they need at a reasonable price. Given the proliferation of WiFi networks, I may be picking up one of these devices soon to test the limits of the service.

Google is starting to roll out its Project Fi service that offers a similar payback for unused service. It will be interesting to see if these payback options from Republic Wireless and Google have an impact on the major US wireless carriers.