If you haven't heard of Republic Wireless, we don't blame you. A new carrier that's been sitting in
the ether beta for a while now, Republic is trying to take the traditional model of smartphone service and mix things up a bit. The basic premise of the service is that you get a device that's been specially made to utilize Wifi whenever possible for data, calls and texts, and then essentially "roam" on a cellular network when you're out of Wifi range. Probably the most interesting part of the service is that it's just $19 per month with no contract for unlimited calls, texts and data usage.
Originally launched in beta with the offering of an LG Optimus One, the service is now open to the public with a Motorola Defy XT as the device of choice. It's going to be for sale from Republic for $249.99 -- again without a contract -- with a $10 start-up fee. Not the most high-end device, but considering the monthly cost you can see what market Republic Wireless is trying to target here. Hopefully as the service expands, more devices will become available.
Sound interesting to you? Take a look at the source links below to learn more about Republic.