The catch is that you must buy the phone up front from Republic Wireless - You'll get that money back very fast though, when you realize the monthly cost is only $19. To me, the phone prices seem typical for having to buy them unconsolidated.
I'm writing about Republic Wireless today, only because I finally got my invite to their beta - That doesn't mean it's free. I can say with certainty, that my spot is not "Coveted". I'm almost able to have access to paying them money for a plan. Honestly, the first reader to write me and ask for access, I'd give up my spot.
I've contacted Republic on numerous occasions and they have never responded - not a good sign. If you want to take people's money, you just might have to do a little better than that. So before you write me, begging for a spot, I figured I'd just give you a heads up.
I think Republic Wireless is a great concept. I could only imagine if other (bigger) carriers follow this trend - it would probably destroy Republic and their paying "beta" users. I think the only name that is entitled to call something beta would be the big "G"; I just mean that they're the best at Beta that I've ever seen.
I'm in Wave K - whatever that means.