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Caveat - Republic wireless relies on using a wifi connection, rather than the crowded cell towers. So if you go over your usage on cell towers, they cut you off (per their advertising). For me, since I don't want to pay for text or net surfing, it appears to be a good deal. However, it means using it in my house...and I can use my computer in my house! So...unless I can use this phone with my current simm card, no go.

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@voovfeegbean: Still sounds a great deal for those of us who are around cell towers alot.

I currently don't have a smart-phone because I don't want to pay data-rates. I spend 90% of my life at home or at work where there is wifi.

Also- they don't cut you off- they give you a warning if you use cell instead of wireless too much... if you continue going over after they give you a warning THEN they cut you off.

They still give you quite a decent amount of time for phones/texts/data... for on the road... I think it was something like 550 minutes a month (of cell useage) a month for when you're not around wifi.

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Uses the Sprint network for cellular service, so check your coverage.

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Hmm, this might be worth checking out. I've been on Straight Talk for a year and a half, and its great...but to get an android I have to switch to the sprint network anyways so I'd planned on getting Virgin...but this is $10 cheaper and better coverage in my house.

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Sorely tempted to bite on this. I'm on a $25 Virgin Mobile plan with the Triumph, but I had the Optimus on VM and it worked OK. I've got wifi at home, so all good there. And this phone has Gingerbread, while I'm still rocking Froyo. Tough call.

I have no cell reception at work, only wifi, so a plus there. Google Voice works over wifi, but not calls or texts to my carrier's number, which I still sometimes get calls on. I think I'll let someone else be the guinea pig.

One thing I don't like about VM, and I understand Republic is the same, is that it only runs on Sprint networks, and only gets a portion of that network's capacity. That means I spend more time with poor or no signal and slower speeds than someone who's using proper Sprint service. It's not a lot of time by any means, but it's still more. The tradeoff? Spending 25 clams a month instead of 55 for a cell phone.

Anyone care to hazard a guess as to how the battery life's going to compare to a regular optimus?

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The order page seems to be working, but won't allow me to start placing an order. This one may go fast kids.

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Straight Talk has been great on Verizon, but if you get an Android they switch you to Sprint and you can only be on the $50 a month plan...Virgin gets you about the same stuff for $30. Sprint seem to have pretty good coverage in my area, but the rest of the country doesn't look so hot.

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Dead, can have them email you when they are accepting more sign ups though.