If you haven't been keeping up on your new carrier news, let me refresh you on exactly what Republic Wireless is. Started a month ago, and piggybacking off of Sprint's network, Republic Wireless promised to bring completely unlimited cell service for only $19 per month.
Of course, as with every other thing that sounds too good to be true, this was, as well. The company expected you to use WiFi connectivity for data, texting, and even calling most of the time. It's called fair-use, and up until yesterday, it was the basis for Republic Wireless' entire existence.
Obviously, claiming that its plans were truly unlimited when they weren't was bound to cause problems. Plenty of people complained, and I wouldn't be surprised if not a lot of people signed up because they were worried that their service would be cut off or they'd have to pay extra money because they went over what they were allowed (which, by the way, wasn't clear; fair-use was used somewhat loosely, and nobody knew what it really meant).
Here's an excerpt from the blog that shows how committed the carrier is to fully unlimited data:
"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 WiFi ecosystem and revolutionary technology should be invested."
Now we'll just have to see how long this company is for the world.[Republic Wireless via Engadget]