Republic announce new plans, add data refunds


WhistleOut
08 July 2015

Republic Wireless has been hinting at some big changes to plans and pricing since April – and today, the company has finally delivered.

The WiFi-first provider has overhauled its contract-free plans, adding several new pricing tiers and re-juggling cellular data inclusions. While the plans aren’t necessarily cheaper than Republic’s previous offers, the good news is the company is also finally launching its long-awaited data refund feature.

The new plans and monthly prices - compared to Republic's previous plans - are listed below.

Old Republic Wireless plans

New Republic Wireless plans

$5 Monthly Plan
  • Unlimited talk, text and data over WiFi only


N/A


$10 Monthly Plan
  • Unlimited talk, text and data over WiFi only
  • Unlimited talk and text over cellular
  • Unlimited talk, text and data over WiFi only
$17.50 Monthly Plan


N/A


  • Unlimited talk, text and data over WiFi
  • Unlimited talk and text over cellular
  • 500MB of 3G/4G LTE data
  • Republic Refund
  • Can add extra 3G/4G LTE data at any time
$25 Monthly Plan
  • Unlimited talk, text and data over WiFi
  • Unlimited talk, texts and data over cellular
  • 5GB of 3G data
  • Unlimited talk, text and data over WiFi
  • Unlimited talk and text over cellular
  • 1GB of 3G/4G LTE data
  • Republic Refund
  • Can add extra 3G/4G LTE data at any time
$40 Monthly Plan
  • Unlimited talk, text and data over WiFi
  • Unlimited talk, texts and data over cellular
  • 5GB of 4G LTE data
  • Unlimited talk, text and data over WiFi
  • Unlimited talk and text over cellular
  • 2GB of 3G/4G LTE data
  • Republic Refund
  • Can add extra 3G/4G LTE data at any time
$55 Monthly Plan


N/A



  • Unlimited talk, text and data over WiFi
  • Unlimited talk and text over cellular
  • 3GB of 3G/4G LTE data
  • Republic Refund
  • Can add extra 3G/4G LTE data at any time

The bad news: less data

One thing that may disappoint new Republic customers is smaller 4G LTE data inclusions, as well as a complete removal of unlimited slowed-down cellular data (although all Republic plans still include unlimited data over WiFi).

While the old $25 and $40 per month plans each included 5GB of either 3G or 4G LTE and unlimited 2G data, Republic’s new plans feature a high-speed data cap of 1GB per month (on the $25 plan) and 2GB per month (on the $40 option) , with no throttled cellular data available to customers who exceed these limits.

Customers who require more data can opt for the new $55 plan, which includes 3GB of 3G/4G LTE data, or add extra cellular data to their plan at any time during their billing cycle (an option which, previously, was not available to Republic users).

Add-on data is available in buckets of 500MB for $7.50, 1GB for $15,, 2GB for $30 and 3GB for $45 (so $15 per extra gigabyte). Data can be added by opening your phone's Republic Wireless app, tapping the 'Your Phone Info' tab, and selecting the 'Buy More Cellular Data' option.

The good news: Republic Refund is go

If you’re at the opposite end of the data spectrum and more likely to overpay for your megabytes, plans from $17.50 per month and up will now include Republic Refund, a feature that promises to repay customers for the cellular data they don’t use each month.

Republic first discussed refunding data several months back, as an alternative to the ‘data rollover’ plans that have recently been introduced by AT&T and T-Mobile. Instead of storing away unused gigabytes for future use, Republic customers will instead receive a bill credit for any cellular data still unused at the end of each month.

Refunds will apparently be calculated by multiplying the number of unused megabytes each month by $15 (the rate for 1GB of extra data). So, if you have 1GB of data on your account but only use 500MB in a month, you'll receive a bill credit for $7.85 on your next statement. If you're on the $25 Monthly plan, you'll only owe $17.15 once your refund credit is applied to that month's bill.

The new Republic plans with Republic Refund, and optional extra data packs, are available to customers from today. Customers on older Republic plans can move to the new pricing immediately or stay on their current plan for another 12 months - Republic is allowing 'grandfathering' for its original plans until August 2106.


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