“Bring your own phone” in the Phones section would make sense if one could bring a phone that is different than those available, but one basically can bring their own only provided it’s one of the model sold by RW.
“Don’t see you favorite phone? Bring your own phone” should read instead “Already have one of these phones? Get just the SIM Kit”. I am not being sarcastic, it’s genuine feedback.
More then one friend to whom I referred RW service, complained about how misleading it was (and comes to think of it they are not actually wrong) and that they couldn’t bring their own preferred phone.
Several of them didn’t understand what could possibly be so technologically incompatible that they could not bring unlocked phones they had some of which had the same specs or better (more RAM, and faster CPUs). I don’t have those answer so I could only apologize for referring them to RW that a few of them told me was a let down and a bit of a waste or time… I guess they were upset because they love the plan but they would only come on board if they can keep their phones (and these aren’t picky people or users who se the iPhone as the only viable choice
On that note, after chatting with Jessica D. I wrote about an idea which might work and which she suggested I’d share here.
In short RW should allow users who would be willing to be beta testers for a given phone to let themselves be used as “guinea pigs” so that a given phone could be deployed and used to gather real life data on reliability and compatibility, offloading some of the work of the dev team while widening the brand/models of devices tested and speeding up the process which would lead to certify their compatibility with the RW service.
Of course users should be aware they might experience issues like dropped or unclear calls, spotty service, missed texts and so on, but that’s the whole point of being a willing beta tester for the sake of trying to get a device added to the offering grid… joining forces of those who wouldn’t mind to take parte into such program would be beneficial to both RW and its expanding user base.
Hope the above made sense