Hello Republic members:
Hoping to get back to international travel in 2021. I love the savings and flexibility we have with Republic in the United States, and the wonderful access to WiFi anywhere in the world. That said, there is no international roaming with Republic: not a big deal considering the service and savings we get.
However, if a Republic member wants roaming cellular, or cellular service internationally, I believe we have two options 1) swap out the SIM card in the Republic phone for that of a foreign carrier, or 2) buy a separate phone for use in the country visited.
Regarding option 1, there is an article on the Republic website from March 2017 that is very helpful, but is now almost four years old, and written before the advent of 5G. I am wondering if this information is still relevant – or maybe there’s another article that has updated information. Personally, I’d feel a bit skittish about potentially messing up my lovely Samsung S10e that has served me flawlessly with Republic if I were to swap out the Republic SIM card with an international SIM card. What has been the experience of users here with that procedure? Do all your apps and other functions work? What happens when someone tries to call you from the United States? Does it “snap back” to normal when you return home and reinsert your Republic SIM? (And how do you keep from losing that tiny thing?)
Regarding option 2, I suppose that one could find a phone to use for international travel to use in a variety of countries, inserting and swapping out SIM cards as necessary. The best part of this option, I think, is that you wouldn’t be messing with your Republic phone. Now that the world is going off CDMA and GSM and moving to 4G and 5G, what might be the minimum functionality?
Thanks everyone. I look forward to continued savings and service from Republic Wireless!