Republic Wireless, the startup offering $19/mo without a contract, has recently revised their policy on unlimited data. The new provider provides talk/text/data through a unique hybrid system melding together SIP-esque talk and text with data – all on WiFi. And if you needed 3G service, i.e. “roaming” away from a WiFi connection at home or the coffee shop or work, it would automatically roam onto a cellular service which currently is Sprint. Follow the link after the break for more details.
Until recently their Unlimited Talk and Unlimited Data would carry the ” “ around Unlimited given certain clauses in their policy statement. That clause essentially stated that if your average “roaming” usage was too much they would “help you find another provider.” After receiving many inquiries, complaints and grumbling about using “unlimited” to denote something that wasn’t, the company has changed their tune and issued the following statement:
We see Big Cell’s stance, and are raising the standard to create something radically better. We’re eliminating all usage thresholds, and with them the concern some of you have expressed about losing your membership for maintaining too large a cellular footprint.
Rather than revising our fair use policy, we’ve decided not to have one at all. There will simply be no thresholds, and no risk of losing service. We’re doing away with all of that to keep all of the focus instead on where it really belongs: Creating a new wireless future together. A future that is simple to understand, unfettered to use, and an amazing value for all. That’s what we started down this path to do. That’s where the power of this vibrant community, dynamic Wi-Fi ecosystem and revolutionary technology should be invested. We’re all-in.
They go on to state that the user community had expressed concern that their previous fair use policy did not meet the standards Republic Wireless was created on – and that they agreed with the users. Now how’s that for a novel stance?
Source: Republic Wireless blog