We're backed by two of America’s largest 4G LTE networks, giving you access to cellular coverage across the country. Most Republic Wireless 3.0 phones can run on either our GSM or CDMA network. However, due to hardware limitations, some of our phones will only work on our GSM network.
In order to have the best experience possible, if you're considering purchasing a phone that is only compatible on our GSM network, ensure that our coverage map indicates strong coverage in your area.
Phones Compatible on Both CDMA and GSM
Phones Only Compatible on GSM
At this time all SIM cards sold through our online store and other retailers for BYOP phones use our GSM network. For Republic members looking to upgrade to a 3.0 plan and bring your own phone, this means your coverage will be different from what it currently is. However, if after activating you are experiencing coverage issues and your phone is CDMA compatible, you can request a CDMA SIM card.
What do I do if I'm having issues with my coverage?
If you’re having issues with coverage, now or in the future, see Phone Has Poor Cellular Coverage/Unable to Use Data in My Area.
I currently have a Republic 1.0 or 2.0 phone; will my coverage change if I upgrade to a 3.0 phone?
If you purchase a phone from us, your coverage will be optimized based on your location and the phone you choose, but it may not necessarily be the same as it is currently.
Can Republic Wireless 3.0 phones toggle between your CDMA and GSM networks?
No, Republic Wireless 3.0 phones only work on one network at a time. You’ll be placed on the network that provides the best coverage and overall experience based on your area and the phone you purchase.
What network did older Republic phones use?
All of our Republic DEFY, 1.0, and 2.0 phones used our CDMA network.