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Tired of carrier fees? Republic Wireless now sells Wi-Fi-centric Galaxy S7s

The Wi-Fi first network will now carry the Samsung Galaxy S7, Google Nexus 6P, Motorola Moto G4 and more.

Samsung's latest pair of flagship phones are available on Republic Wireless.

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Republic Wireless, which uses local Wi-Fi networks to patch through phone calls and send texts, is adding several new Android handsets to its lineup and shaking up its pricing structure. The carrier will begin selling the following phones at full unlocked prices (users can pay monthly installments over 18 months as well):

Republic Wireless is also changing up its phone plans, getting rid of the 3GB a month option. Overall, the plans are cheaper, but its "XXS" tier, which lets users have unlimited Wi-Fi and talk, but purchase text and cell data as needed, increased from $10 to $15 a month. The new pricing tiers are as follows:

  • Unlimited Wi-Fi and cellular talk, text and Wi-Fi data: $15/month
  • Unlimited Wi-Fi and cellular talk, text, unlimited Wi-Fi data, and 1GB cellular data: $20/month
  • Unlimited Wi-Fi and cellular talk, text, unlimited Wi-Fi data, and 2GB cellular data: $30/month
  • Unlimited Wi-Fi and cellular talk, text, unlimited Wi-Fi data, and 4GB cellular data: $45/month

Because the carrier defaults first to a Wi-Fi connection (the same kind you have set up at your home or local cafe and library), phone plans are generally cheaper compared with networks that use cellular coverage first. (When no Wi-Fi network is available though, Republic Wireless will switch to Sprint's network.)

Republic Wireless isn't the only carrier to use this technology. All four major carriers (Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint) have Wi-Fi calling options, and Google's Project Fi is also a Wi-Fi first network. Click here to learn more about Wi-Fi calling.