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Republic Wireless Reboots Beta with Motorola Phone

Republic Wireless Reboots Beta with Motorola Phone

Republic Wireless Reboots Beta with Motorola Phone
News from Wireless Week:

Republic Wireless is taking a second stab at the beta launch of its Wi-Fi-centric smartphone business.

The startup said today it was reopening the beta release of its $ 19 per month unlimited service, which uses Wi-Fi as the primary mode of connectivity and Sprint’s network for cellular backup.

The re-launch is being ushered in with a new smartphone, the Motorola Defy XT. Customers already in line for Republic’s service will be the first to have access to the Android handset, retailing for $ 249 without a contract.

“Today marks a major milestone of our resolute effort to build an engine that can scale to handle millions of members,” Republic Wireless General Manager Brian Dally said in a statement.

Customers that signed on to Republic Wireless earlier this year with the LG Optimus will have the option to upgrade to the Motorola Defy XT for $ 149. The $ 100 discount “is in appreciation of members’ support and feedback during the beta period,” the company said.

Republic Wireless went public last November with a plan to shake up operators’ traditional business model. Instead of contracts, data caps and hidden fees, Republic aimed for a low-cost, no-contract wireless service without usage limits. It settled on a hybrid VoIP service heavily dependent on Wi-Fi, and signed onto Sprint’s network as an…………… continues on Wireless Week

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Microsoft calls on Google to make ‘comprehensive’ patent peace in Motorola …
News from GeekWire:

Microsoft’s top lawyer this morning called on Google to “engage in serious discussions” toward a wide-ranging patent licensing deal that would end the thicket of litigation between the Redmond company and Google’s Motorola mobile phone unit.

The blog post by Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith is the latest twist in an ongoing struggle between the two companies over patents. Motorola accuses Microsoft’s Xbox and Windows of violating its patents. Microsoft says Motorola is seeking unreasonable royalties for the use of its standard essential technologies, and Microsoft has separately won a court order excluding the import of Motorola phones found to violate Microsoft’s patents.

One big sticking point between the companies is Microsoft’s claim that Google’s Android operating system violates its patents. In seeking a comprehensive patent deal with the search giant, the Redmond company may be trying to force Google’s hand on that larger issue.

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