When I heard about Republic Wireless, I jumped on the chance to use their service. I’ve been with them for two years now and recommend them (and other MNVOs) to everyone. Republic Wireless’s business model is for your data (including VOIP) to go over wireless when it is available and over the Sprint network when it is not. This allows them to offer low prices on (effectively) unlimited service. I pay $25/month for my unlimited everything 3G plan, but you can get a plan for as little as $5/month (no contract). I think the service is perfect for most grad students because we’re under our university’s wireless all day. The downside is that you have to buy one of their Android phones up front. This is a great example of being frugal (and not cheap) because I’m paying very little for a plan that is just as good as or better than what I would get from the major carriers.
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