I want to start off by saying that I love Republic and have since I initially joined nearly 4 years ago. I loved the Republic Refund plan I was on with my Motorola Moto X2 for two years. I had 0.5GB of refundable data that I generally only used half of, so my bill was anywhere from $12-15/month.
I was sad when I got my new phone and had to change to a more expensive plan, but I did it because I love Republic and know that it gives plenty of support. During the time that I have been with Republic, I got married and my wife has an iPhone. She is still on the same plan as her parents, but we are considering getting our own plan together.
I have researched many other providers and most that are of comparable price to Republic are either more expensive or have trade-offs. Google Fi is more expensive. Mint Mobile makes you pay all at once, doesn’t have roaming, and has worse customer service. Red Pocket doesn’t seem to have roaming.
I am leaving Republic for the time being so I can test out Red Pocket Mobile. It allows you to choose which provider you go off of (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, or Verizon) and has plans of similar price to Republic. I chose their $15/month plan that gives 1000 minutes, unlimited text, and 1 GB data and I chose to use AT&T’s towers because that’s the company my wife’s plan is with. I had some problems porting my number over, but I was able to use their chat functionality on their website. I was helped quickly and the person seemed very knowledgeable.
I’m sorry for the long-winded post, but I would love to suggest a couple of things that would make it easier for people to join/stay with Republic. I know that there is some kind of issue with bringing iPhones to Republic, but it would make it so easy to invite my friends to Republic if it offered iPhone support. I also wish there was a way to lower the price for the service a little. I know that Republic needs to make money to keep this awesome service running and improving, but if we could do extended period plans or plans with 0.5GB increments of data, I think that could lower the cost for the user. I felt sad when Republic forced me to get more data if I wanted any at all. This from a company that is all about reducing our cellular footprint.
All that being said, I still love Republic and will probably come back after trying out other options. I hope that what I brought up doesn’t offend anyone or get brushed off to the side. I love the feeling of being part of a community here at Republic and will miss it. If you have any questions about my research or decision, feel free to ask.