My X Pure is unable to currently be activated on RW’s 3.0 CDMA. If I ordered another one from RW in the hopes of being included in the soft launch doubt RW would consider my GSM coverage poor. Do you live in an area of **poor **RW GSM coverage or did RW send you the CDMA activated X Pure to test?
I’m blessed with reasonably good coverage from either Republic’s GSM or CDMA network partner. In my general area (greater Fort Lauderdale), I’d say the GSM partner’s coverage is superior. That said, closest to my home, since lighting up their 4G LTE network, Sprint is probably a wee bit better. I will say prior to lighting up that 4G LTE network, Sprint’s coverage was abysmal and this kept me from becoming a Republic member longer than otherwise would be the case.
I’m uncertain why but Republic’s computer blessed me with an MXP on CDMA. I already have 3.0 phones in my household on GSM, so I’m thankful for that. In addition to giving me the opportunity to experiment, it provides some network redundancy. This is not a bad thing in hurricane prone South Florida.
Depending on how interested in a CDMA phone one is during this soft launch phase; one could always try ordering a phone from Republic that has been known to ship for others with CDMA coverage. I obviously have a Moto X Pure. Others, I know are using the Moto G4 and Moto G4 PLUS on CDMA. I think I may have seen reference to the Nexus 5X and possibly the Nexus 6P shipping with CDMA coverage as well. Please understand all of this is personal experience or the personal experience of others. Republic, to date, does not say which phones ship with what coverage. I fully appreciate this is frustrating for many (myself included), however, I’m doing my best to remain open minded regarding Republic’s rationale for doing so. Worst case scenario, one works with Republic via help ticket if one ends up with a phone that doesn’t work for them. Failing that working out, one returns the phone using Republic’s Money Back Guarantee. The gamble is the cost of initial shipping. Furthermore, we know some phones currently sold by Republic lack the hardware capability to be used on CDMA networks. These are:
- Huawei Ascend 5W
- Moto Z
- Moto Z Play
- Samsung Galaxy J3
- Samsung Galaxy S6
Activating a CDMA BYOD Device with a New Number – Help center
RW should be able to accomplish this too and disprove the naysayers.
By no means am I saying this cannot be done. I have no doubt Republic is expending considerable effort to try to make it so. It’s in their absolute business interest to do so. I do take issue with assertions that it’s easy for Republic to do so. Were that the case, I’m confident it would already be done. That others may or may not be able to do so isn’t necessarily relevant to Republic’s circumstances. Republic’s app based blended WiFi/cell technology must be factored into the equation.