My wife and I have been with Republic wireless for years and have always had Moto (CDMA) phones with excellent service in our area (Zip code 45828). Except for one time when I ported my Nexus 5x from Project Fi (GSM) to Republic (TICKET #1040925). I had “emergency calls only” 99% of the time. I believe I was only able to make one successful call. I troubleshot with Republic support for quite some time and it was determined that there was nothing else we could do and I ended up porting it back to Project Fi…until it eventually broke and I came back to Republic. This experience was strange though because my service with that phone worked fine on the Project Fi network (GSM).
So we’re looking to upgrade our current phones (Moto G4) and I’m looking to avoid the issue mentioned above. How can I tell which Republic phones work off of the CDMA network and which ones work off of GSM? Are all the Moto phones CDMA and the Samsung phones + BYOPs GSM? Should I give GSM another shot since I always had reception in my area on Project Fi?
I was leaning towards ordering a refurbed Samsung Galaxy S6 or S7 off of ebay and a Republic SIM card kit simply for the power to cost ratio, but I’m afraid of having service issues on GSM.
Any advice would be appreciated!