There is a new carrier coming very soon, and they aim to change the way we look at inexpensive cellphone carrier service. The company is called "Republic Wireless", a division of Cary, N.C.-based VoIP and bandwidth provider Bandwidth.com, and will be offering an unlimited voice, text and 3G data (with no bandwidth caps) plan for only $19 bucks a month! The way their system works, and the reason they can offer such ridiculously cheap pricing, is that their service is based upon something similar to Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) technology. It basically routes calls and texts over Wi-Fi networks when available, and when you’re outside of one, it then sends them over a standard cell network.

For those additional cell minutes, Republic Wireless will purchase minutes in bulk from Sprint to resell to its customers. Because of its Wi-Fi nature, this tech actually works internationally too. Furthermore, they will even offer Androids with specialized hardware to facilitate their service.

What do you guys think of this idea? Potentially disruptive tech, or mostly destined for mediocrity?

Source: BGR and RepublicWireless