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You can finally get a decent phone with your cheap Republic Wireless plan

Republic Wireless became known a few years ago for its innovative approach to the wireless industry — using Wi-Fi for calls and texts, letting customers choose how much data they need, and then refunding credit for any data that wasn’t used. The idea inspired Google’s Project Fi, but it was unfortunately stifled by a tiny phone selection, only offering a few Motorola phones.

In July, however, that will change. The company is finally expanding its lineup of phones, offering a selection of flagship devices for users on its network. Those phones will include the Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy S6, Galaxy J3, Google Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, and Motorola Moto X Pure Edition. That’s right — many of the most powerful and most sought-after Android flagships are set to be available from Republic Wireless.

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On the carrier you’ll be able to purchase the handsets outright or pay in installments, just like the big four wireless carriers in the U.S. Before this announcement, the company only offered the Motorola Moto G and Moto E — great phones for the price, but not exactly competitors to the flagships set to go on offer in July.

Unfortunately there’s another thing that will make Republic Wireless more like the other big four carriers: Its refund plans are going away. Instead, the company will adopt more traditional flat-fee plans, so if you don’t use all your allotted data in a particular month, too bad. One of those plans will get you unlimited talk and text plus 1GB of data for $20 per month — certainly not a bad deal. Republic has yet to announce its full lineup of plans. While the change is unfortunate, the plans are cheaper than its previous ones, so its possible that for most there won’t be that big of a change in cost overall.

The company had another exciting announcement to make: the addition of a new network. To date Republic Wireless has only run on Sprint’s network, but now there’s another one in the mix. The company didn’t mention the new network by name, but it did say that it was the “nation’s fastest GSM carrier” and that it was the “fastest growing in terms of net adds.” In other words, it’s T-Mobile.

Sure, it won’t have coverage to match the likes of Verizon, but with both Sprint and T-Mobile’s networks available, the vast majority of people in the U.S. should be able to use Republic Wireless with no issues. Not only that, but most of the time it shouldn’t even matter what network is strongest in your location — most of what you do will be handled over Wi-Fi anyway.

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