First, you get a choice of exactly one phone at the moment: A $249 Motorola DEFY XT.
Second, the phone is configured to make calls over WiFi whenever possible, which is how Republic Wireless hopes to keep its data costs low.
In fact, even when your phone isn’t connected to a WiFi hotspot, calls are made using VoIP technology. So basically the only thing you’re paying for is an unlimited monthly 3G data plan.
Customers pay full price for the phone, so there’s no contract lock-in. If you want to cancel the service, just stop paying.
But keep in mind, this is a relatively new company that’s trying to do something very different. You won’t get the same sort of support you’d expect from a more established phone company.
In a welcome video, Republic Wireless tells prospective customers that there’s no support line or call center at all. Instead, there’s a support website where you can search for answers from the wider community or submit questions to Republic Wireless and wait up to 24 hours for a response.