The following is just a guess..
I was looking at Ting's per minute, per text, and per MB rate, after using the maximum amount that come with the plan (which is 3,000 minutes, 6,000 text messages, and 3,000 MB of data).
So, for Republic Wireless, it could be two things:
1) If Republic Wireless purchases a lot of minutes in bulk, it will probably be less than the cost I'm about to post.
2) If Republic Wireless purchases minutes as needed (which somebody else posted) it will probably be more of the cost.
If it is the first, Republic Wireless' cost is probably less than the following:
2 cents per Minute
1/4 cent per Text
2.25 cents per MB
If I'm guessing correctly, this is the closest we've ever gotten to what Sprint charges their MVNO's. I might be completely wrong, but I thought I'd post anyway just in case.
Republic Wireless said, assuming 0% WiFi usage, 550 minutes, 150 texts, and 300 MB would still be fine.
With the above rates, that would equal out to $18.125 if I did the math correctly. Republic Wireless charges $19 per month.
Again, this is all just speculation.
Yeah, their cost probably is less, but that's the cheapest publicized rates I've seen for a Sprint MVNO. So, it just gives us an idea.