No phone purchased for use on Republic 3.0 elsewhere as BYOP will use CDMA (Sprint) All will use Republic’s GSM network partner. Some but hardly all 3.0 phones purchased from Republic will use CDMA. Many will use Republic’s GSM network partner instead of CDMA.
My Moto X Pure is currently on CDMA. I know others using the Moto G4, Moto G4 PLUS, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P on CDMA. This is personal experience and the experience of others known to me. It is not a guarantee from Republic that a particular phone will use CDMA or GSM. Republic does encourage anyone who purchases a phone directly and ends up with coverage that doesn’t meet their needs to raise a help ticket within 14 days to see what might be done about that. I would see that as a conversation worth having if needed.
I also know the following phones sold by Republic lack CDMA radios and, therefore, only work on GSM networks.
- Huawei Ascend 5W
- Moto Z
- Moto Z Play
- Samsung Galaxy J3
- Samsung Galaxy S6
The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are CDMA (as well as GSM) capable, however, I know no one presently using either on Republic CDMA. The most Republic currently says about whether a phone might ship with CDMA as opposed to GSM coverage is here: Republic Wireless 3.0 CDMA Update. I have no intent to argue the wisdom of how Republic is handling soft launch. It is what it is. I simply point to the information. That discussion is already being had here: Republic Wireless 3.0 CDMA Update.
Regarding the Republic qualified model of Samsung’s Galaxy S7 (SM-G930U); it’s not a Republic exclusive. SM-G930U is the North American factory unlocked variant created by Samsung. It’s widely available and may be activated on the network of any service provider willing to do so. In fact, Best Buy currently has it at a better price than the referenced variant at Walmart: Samsung Galaxy S7 4G LTE with 32GB Memory Cell Phone (Unlocked) Black SM-G930UZKAXAA - Best Buy. The S7 being sold at Best Buy works with Republic, so I don’t see how use of the North American factory unlocked variant provides price protection. If one finds Republic’s qualified model for a better price elsewhere, one is entirely welcome to purchase it elsewhere and bring it. There is no Republic software preinstalled in the ROM or otherwise on the S7. Instead Republic’s 3.0 app is downloaded from Google Play.