Well, the highest my bill was, ever, was about $21, once. So no, this is not a good deal for those of us that use little data. Because paying $48-$84 more per year on the off chance that we’ll almost get to one gigabyte of data makes no sense.
fair enough. From where I sit it appears to me that RW expects the My Choice plans to be more cost effective for those users previously on the Clear Choice plans. the break with Refund Plans (when Clear Choice launched over a year ago) is already in the past. They’ve been pretty transparent on the rationale and the fact that they can’t (and therefore won’t) extend Refund plans beyond the aging set of older phones otherwise still on those plans today.
If you are in the sub-500MB range, the refund plan is absolutely the best deal, and remains so even on the very rare (maybe once a year) occasion that I run it up to 700MB or so […].
yup, makes sense, that’s the group RW really targeted with those plans. turned out to be a limited market though, and that the plans were not as cost effective to PROVIDE as hoped, and so they live on only to support the devices still around which can ONLY work on those plans.
[…] much cheaper for me and low-data users, who stick to using wifi at every opportunity, which is what the core platform of Republic Wireless’s service was built on.
yup, that’s where it all started for RW anyway. the industry as a whole has shifted rapidly to greater cell data usage, and so RW has shifted too. Thankfully they haven’t shut-off the old plans (and have been clear that they will not do so).
Speed? I don’t really care, I just need to get directions, check email, and send messages.
you’d be surprised how much speed can matter even for low data use cases like this. a simple google search on VERY low speed networks (e.g. Sprint 1xRTT, aka Sprint 2G service) can be so painfully slow and wrought with failure that i used to avoid it at all costs.
If I want to watch something, I have a TV or computer.
high speed is definitely not just for streaming video content, but note that SOME video sources aren’t really available on TVs and you might want to watch them while mobile. think ‘video calls’ where speed is clearly useful and the ability to connect with family remotely is actualyl quite nice without a laptop.
[…] Now, if I could buy a bucket of data at $5, and that unused data would rollover monthly until empty, and then buy another bucket…that’d be a game-changer.
the buckets would likely have to cost more than $5 for this, and that would turn off a lot of potential new customers who are attracted to RW right now for the lower cost of mid-level amounts of data