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According to reports, Republic Wireless will use VoIP to handle most phone calls. It works like this: whenever you're connected to a Wi-Fi network, your call will be made with VoIP. When you're not connected to Wi-Fi, calls will be made like any other cell phone (Republic Wireless bought wholesale minutes from Sprint). If it sounds familiar, that's because it's very similar to T-Mobile's UMA technology. Texts work the same way, if you're on Wi-Fi, it'll be sent over the network. What's crazy is that the data will be unlimited—there won't be any data caps. All for 19 bucks.
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Coverage?
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If it's going to be some cheap low quality buffet, like Sprint's unlimited data plan that I got around 0.2-0.05 mbps download speed for 3G in my area, I'm out.
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NO WAY?!
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post #5 of 30
Since this will be in the United States I'm sure there is a catch. You will probably get 100kb/s data.
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Coverage will be terrible, and data speeds will suck royally.

If I'm wrong, and there is coverage in my area, I'll gladly switch. I'm getting tired of paying $200 a month for a couple of smart phones with only 3G speeds on Verizon.
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post #7 of 30
There are lots of these around. Usually a little more expensive but the coverage and speeds are always terrible.
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post #8 of 30
LOL

You're making the call from someone elses or even you're own network

so no bandwidth charges to the provider.
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post #9 of 30
Can only use certain android phones...
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post #10 of 30
I've never liked relying on wifi voip for phone coverage. It's a nice idea, but a giant pain when you run into numerous network issues. Not to mention the fact that it's common to find public hotspots that don't allow voip.

That being said, why would you bother with the wifi-voip if minutes are unlimited? I'd just as soon disable wifi if I will be making a call and rely on the cell tower... Unless, of course, their specialized phone doesn't allow you to turn wifi off--which would majorly suck since your battery would die very quickly...
    
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