Okay, this might sound really dumb, but I think it will really help people out. So, I ran out of data and Republic gifted me a free gig, but for some reason it wasn’t working! I was frustrated because I wasn’t home and I really needed my data! Then I noticed I couldn’t text or make any calls, so I got confused and ever more frustrated. I thought: “doesn’t Republic allow calling and texting anywhere even when you don’t have data?” (Yes, it does like any other phone company, but I was questioning this after my experience.) Well then, I looked further into it and I remembered that turning the data on on your phone is different from turning it on in the Republic app. On my phone I had it set to turn data off after I reached a gig so that I knew I ran out. But if it turns off on your DEVICE, you can’t make calls/text if you aren’t around wifi.
So basically I’m just trying to clear this up:
In order to have cellular coverage with Republic, you have to have your PHONE data on. (swipe down and turn data on). They need some sort of data or internet connection to give you service. That’s how they work and that’s why it’s affordable.
If you don’t want your phone to be using up data while not connected to wi-fi, you have to go into the Republic Wireless app and turn data off. (Data freeze). But you can still text and make calls as long as the data on your PHONE is turned on.
I don’t recommend ever turning off your phone data, because if you forget and you go out and about, you could miss calls or texts.