It looks to me like Republic Wireless is going to miss their Q1/2014 prediction for KitKat (they have not started dev yet, and don’t actually have a start date), but a small bit of good news is that it will be 4.4.2 and not an earlier 4.4.x. I appreciate how open RW is being about this, but it’s disappointing to me that they’ve prioritized a new phone over the 4.4 update.
Those smilie faces don’t help the posts.
I am on the fence between Republic Wireless and Ting, and I am leaning Ting. This is mostly because I don’t want to have a phone locked to RW. If things don’t work with RW its great there is no contract but you are still stuck with an amazing $300 phone you can’t use on another network without rooting and roming. (I am assuming you can root and rom the RW phones)
Having additional phones doesn’t make me want RW more, as a potential customer I would rather have their priority be updating their current customers.
Conor Klecker I didn’t think you could move Ting phones either, except by their nature of being Sprint phones. Certainly you’ll never be able to move a Ting (or RW or Virgin or other Sprint MNVO) phone to VZW, ATT or Tmo. The CDMA side of the world is very locked down compared to GSM.
I seriously considered Ting for a while, but their lack of good phones under $400 was a showstopper to me. For all my small complaints about RW, I am profoundly happy with the Moto X.
Chris Dolan I was referring to Ting phones being straight Sprint phones. And you can move a sprint phone on craigslist pretty easy if it came to that. Or find a good deal on an off contract Sprint phone and bring it to Ting. Every RW phone will need to come from them. This was the point is tying to make.
Conor Klecker Got it. You’re correct on that point, and it’s a good one.
That’s exactly where my wife’s S2 on Ting came from. Not too hard to grab used Sprint gear affordably.
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