I’ve been a member since January 29th, 2015 with the Moto E 1st Gen with the 1.0 Republic plan. Things were fine. I was satisfied with the service and at roughly 13 a month it just couldn’t be beat.
Then, the Republic 2.0 Refund plans came and I essentially only paid for what I used. An excellent incentive for a company that wished users to use WiFi first. At around this point, I was outgrowing my Moto E. I use GPS a lot due to my work and it was laggy, sometimes enough to miss a turn. It was also stuck in KitKat 4.4 so no more new app updates for me. Not only that, but since it only had 2GB storage space with most of it being the OS, I constantly had to do an ‘app shuffle’. Ugh. Also, no Pokemon Go.
Republic still had a very limited selection of phones, so I began to look elsewhere with dreamy eyes. Damn, though. That price that went anywhere between 15 to rarely 20 still couldn’t be beat. I stayed.
Then, the new 3.0 plans came with a bunch of new phones. My palms got a little sweaty and my knees got weak. This was it, my chance to retire my Moto E and go for something that I could use as my daily driver. I read all the changes for the 3.0 plans, and honestly? I was a bit… confused. A flat rate and ‘simplified’ plans because apparently ‘the people wanted it’? Wut.
I don’t frequent these forums unless I had a problem, but even then it sounded weird to me. Who in the blazing balls that was in this community ‘wanted that’? Seemed to go against their WiFi first thing they had going for them, because now I wanted to use all the data that I paid for. Sigh, oh well. Maybe it wouldn’t be so bad? With heavy arms, I bought my Nexus 6p, chose the 1GB option, and went on my way.
The bill comes to about 25 a month, and I used it for about four months. Funny how fast 1GB goes when you stop giving a toss how you use it. Hell, the RW app for the 3.0 plans didn’t seem to care, either. There was no longer a way to stop apps from using cell data with a quick toggle. Sure, there’s a way to do that with stock Android, but it felt clunky since there were more menus to go through and it doesn’t completely restrict it from cell data.
My first month of usage had me running out before my bill cycle. Whoops. Guess I had to put in some care. After some research, I got the app NoRoot Firewall and I was finally able to restrict apps from cell data when I didn’t need them. With this in place, I managed to time my usage to where I used it all on the day of my billing cycle. Unfortunately, I started to develop a taste for mom’s spaghetti-, er, I mean… cellular data.
Now at month four/five of the new 3.0 plan, I made the decision to port my old number from Republic to Metro PCS since their lowest plan is 30, which isn’t much of a step up from the 25 I was paying. They even have a promo going on right now, and instead of data being cutoff, they just move you to a slower speed. Kinda like the old 1.0 plans.
Anyways, that’s my saga and I will be continuing my cellular journey over at Metro. The path will be fraught with danger but luckily I did not go alone.
I got my sword.