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buzzkill2000
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10/18/2014 | 8:56:17 AM
why don't Republic Wireless do BYOD
Why do alternative carriers like Repbulic or Scratch limit you to one or two smartphones ?

Why not do BYOD ?

They'd get lot more subs if they did the iPhone.

iOS 8 now supports native VoWi-Fi with its "dialler" .. so iPhones and iPAD air 2's can now be programmed to connect to Republic's VoIP (IMS) back end . 
walliby
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walliby,
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1/13/2014 | 8:27:17 PM
Happy customer
I switched from ATT a couple months ago and couldnt be happier. Republic wireless has a great phone, great price, great service. Make the switch and use the below referral code to get $19 off!

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ClausHetting
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1/5/2014 | 3:45:00 PM
Re: HotSpot2 / Passpoint is another tech to watch
I think there are two parts of to the story:

Hotspot 2.0 will really be a game-changer for the telecoms industry if enough players (like MSOs, etc.) can get together to build the right footprint size. There are also many other technical ways to aggregate the Wi-Fi networks there are already there, including the 'free' hotspots, etc. If this part of the industry can find a way to work together (around Hotspot 2.0) then the sky's the limit for how much mobile traffic such a super-Wi-Fi-network could take over. This is quite a real threat to the established mobile industry. Add to this the fact that huge numbers of new Wi-Fi access points are being added every day. 

The second part of to the story is that 'seamless' access to Wi-Fi (meaning something akin to cellular services) is achievable in many other ways than Hotspot 2.0. It can be done relatlvely easliy using apps and centralised forms of aggregation. But 'seamless also comes in many forms. The most complex is having no service disruption for e.g. VoiP, but many applications are increasingly robust against dropping the session. In any case, 'real mobility' is often not needed at all, because people tend to stand still when consuming data.

For this and a lot more - come to the Wi-Fi Offload Summit this month in Frankfurt! :-)
scottbarstow
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12/31/2013 | 9:40:00 AM
Re: HotSpot2 / Passpoint is another tech to watch
Yes, saw Boingo on there as well as Ruckus Wireless who are doing some great things in HS 2.  

Remains to be seen when / if we can get access points to do the kind of seamless handoff that we for the most part get in the cellular world.
scottbarstow
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12/31/2013 | 9:40:00 AM
Re: HotSpot2 / Passpoint is another tech to watch
Yes, saw Boingo on there as well as Ruckus Wireless who are doing some great things in HS 2.  

Remains to be seen when / if we can get access points to do the kind of seamless handoff that we for the most part get in the cellular world.
Sarah Thomas
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Sarah Thomas,
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12/30/2013 | 5:51:27 PM
Re: HotSpot2 / Passpoint is another tech to watch
Thanks for the feedback, Scott. I agree on the potential for Hotspot 2.0. That's why a few of the movers and shakers, like Derek from Boingo, made our list. I'll be curious to see how operator tests are going at O'Hare where they are doing the first really big testbed. Having ubiquitious WiFi outdoors AND seamless handoff and authentication would be a game changer.
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scottbarstow,
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12/30/2013 | 5:16:03 PM
HotSpot2 / Passpoint is another tech to watch
I have enjoyed your series of articles on the movers and shakers in Wireless the last few days / weeks.  In the interest of full disclosure, I work for Bandwidth, the parent company of Republic Wireless.

As we begin to see massive deployments by municipalities for Wifi (New York, Charlotte, LA) by both incumbent carriers and the cable companies, your experience of walking down the street and being on Wifi will start to become a reality.  With the advent of Hotspot2, we will begin to see roaming consortiums for WiFi just as we do for cellular, and your HotSpot2 credentials will push the negotiation for onboarding you onto various networks down to the device instead of you having to opt in to all of these disparate networks as a user.

While we are a ways from massive HotSpot 2 adoption, we are seeing the early, small waves right now.  I believe 2014 will be a year where we begin to understand what this new protocol represents for Wifi as a technology.

 
SteveC10101
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12/30/2013 | 11:56:01 AM
Re: Republic Wireless ROCKS
The Defy Beta test was rough I heard and a lot of people were soured on Republic because of that phone. Plus the transfer from WiFi to Sprint Cell would cause a lot of dropped calls. That's not the case anymore. I can't tell a bit of difference between the service that I had with Verizon and Republic. I was very skeptical but all of the info that I had found seemed to be pretty positive with the exception of the beta users.

The $299 price for the Moto X with Republic is incredible. I couldn't find anything close to it with the exception of having to sign a two year contract. Republic can't be making much on that phone. They are banking on the fact that people will try and love the service. I sure do. Thanks for your review! Happy Holidays!
Sarah Thomas
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Sarah Thomas,
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12/30/2013 | 11:36:51 AM
Re: Republic Wireless ROCKS
Thanks for the feedback, Steve. Good to hear the service works much better on the Moto X. I think it's interesting they also offer a 3G or 4G plan, so not necessarily both. I'll be curious to hear how many people choose each once (or if) they release those stats.
SteveC10101
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12/30/2013 | 10:56:05 AM
Republic Wireless ROCKS
I switched to Republic Wireless a few months back from Verizon. They were killing me with the monthly charges. Around $120 a month. Verizon does have the best 4G coverage. I won't deny that. I got the Republic plan for $25 a month. Unlimited calls, text and data with 3G. I dont have the 4G on my plan. It takes a few seconds longer for the internet to load compared to Verizon. But for $100 a month savings its well worth it. If you get the 4G with Republic remember you might not have use of it except in large cities. Im completely happy with the plan I have. I have no dropped calls. The switch from wifi to Sprint 3G is seamless. Those commercials for Verizon that show the map show the 4G map coverage only and 3G is pretty much everywhere so their ads are really misleading. It works great. Get the Moto X phone and not the Defy (it sucks). The Moto X rocks. Yes, you will have to pay $299 for the phone upfront but it pays for itself in a few months. Do the math and figure out your yearly cost compared with your current plan. Even if you have to pay an early termination fee it will save you money over the next year or two. I have a link that you can use to save $19 for the first month. Yes, it helps me with my bill too when you do. I won't lie. For Christmas bonus my boss decided to let most of us go and I am unemployed. If you don't like Republic, there is no contract. Just switch back. It is a great company.

 

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http://referrals.republicwireless.com/a/clk/1ymPvN

 

 


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