Republic Wireless has been a pretty interesting MVNO as of late. This is because Republic Wireless does things a bit differently. Their smartphones prefer WiFi over mobile data, and that includes using the mobile network for making calls and texts. That is all done over WiFi, when possible. Due to this, Republic Wireless only offered up a few different smartphones that were made for their network. Instead of being able to bring over your unlocked smartphone, you had to buy one of a handful that they offered. However, that changed recently. When Republic Wireless brought in a ton of new unlocked smartphones like the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Moto G4 and many others. So users are able to choose from a wider selection of smartphones.
Today, the company announced that they are offering SIM cards now, so users can bring over unlocked smartphones and pop in their Republic Wireless SIM card and be good to go. This is the simplicity that carriers like T-Mobile and AT&T have had for years – due to them being a GSM carrier. And it's nice to see that functionality come over to Republic Wireless finally. To celebrate this, Republic Wireless is giving out free SIM cards. Although you do have to pay the shipping and tax, which is still fairly cheap. Typically these SIM cards would cost $5, and after August 12th at 9pm EST, they will go back to that regular price.
In short, what this means for those looking to jump over to Republic Wireless is that you can use your current phone. That is, as long as it is SIM unlocked (we're not talking rooted or bootloader unlocked). It makes things much simpler, and also makes Republic Wireless a bit more of a traditional MVNO, so to speak. This should help Republic Wireless gain more subscribers too. Something that they would definitely love to have right about now. Republic Wireless plans start at as little as $15 per month and they also offer a form of data rollover (similar to Project Fi's) where you get a credit for the data you didn't use.