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Republic Wireless starts sending beta invites, reveals handset specs

It appears that Republic Wireless is making good on its promise to reopen its beta program this summer. They’ve already started sending invites, in fact, and at least one person has sent the details to Engadget. The details include a choice of three smartphone, one from an entry level tier, one mid-range, and one high-end. They didn’t note specific models, probably because they’ll all be customized to a degree. Still, after the jump we’ll take a look at the specs, along with possible matches.

The entry level phone costs $199, which includes first month service, and is definitely down on the totem pole. That is, it’s a 3.5-inch screen with a 600MHz processor. Engadget thinks it could be the ZTE Libra, but since the device is labeled as being from an unknown manufacturer it could be the iNQ Cloud Touch. I haven’t even heard of that one.

The mid-range handset will cost $100 more, and will be a bit more heavy duty. At a 1GHz processor, 1GB of storage, and a 3.7-inch screen, it could be the best value Republic offers. Engadget guesses the Samsung Galaxy U, HTC One V (my guess as well), or the Huawei Vision. Still, since they said well-known manufacturer, I doubt it’s Huawei.

Finally, the high-end handset has a 4.3-inch screen, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 7-megapixel camera, and 8GB of storage. Galaxy S II, maybe? There are plenty of current Android handsets that nearly fit that description, though, so it’s wide open. At $499, however, it’s a bit up there in price. I still think the $299 model is the best bargain.

If you want to jump in, head to Republic Wireless’s website. Considering the demand, though, it might be a while before you get an invite.