I have been very disappointed with the v3.0 plans.
My wife and I each had a phone on RW v2.0 and for both phones we were paying about $25/month. I loved it! Awesome!! We had the auto wifi login when going into Lowes/HD/Kroger and especially for me when I got to work.
We had to replace one phone so we decided to replace both. Went to Motorola’s web site and bought two MotoG4+ and got no interest from Motorola for 24 months. My RW bill on v3.0 more than doubled as we went to the 2gb each plan. Even with my beta plan discount for one phone, we are now paying about $65/month for 2gb each and no auto wifi login. GSM coverage according to the maps is supposed to blanket where I live. Guess what? It doesn’t. Especially around my house and on my route to/from work. My wife is ready to string me up with the RW service since going to the new phones.
So I walked into an AT&T and VZW store (on separate days) and priced out their plans. I get 24% discount at both because of where I work. AT&T with the discount would come to about $60 without taxes so probably comparable to what I pay now, except it is for 3gb SHARED data. VZW was similar, except for 4gb SHARED data. So I think I’m sticking around.
The other day I was talking to an accountant at work and she said she just left VZW and a $250/month bill with about 18gb data and 5 phones. Her 13yo son was going through that data in 2 weeks catching her off guard on more than one occasion. She told me about one of the Walmart services that rides on VZW towers and I went to investigate. She put him on his own plan and the rest of the family is sharing data on one of the shared plans with huge savings. BTW, VZW really does blanket the area that I live in as I used to have VZW 15 years ago.
This Total Wireless Walmart plan gives us 8gb SHARED data so now even I don’t have to be so WiFi conscience. Our phones go with us to this service and if I pay by credit card (which I already do now) they discount the $60/month fee to $57/month.
Why should I stay with RW? My wife is anxious to move on. Happy wife happy life. My bill will stay the same. The only difference will be that we SHARE 8gb instead of having only 2gb each. Also, since I was told that the auto WiFi login is very unlikely to return and that I will have to use the WiFi Web Login app to regain that capability, there really is no reason I can think of to stay.
- I joined RW in July 2013 while it was still in beta and really liked the concept.
- I switched to my first really effective smart phone in the first MotoG in April 2014.
- I switched to the v2.0 billing plan and couldn’t believe how much I was saving!! Awesome!!
- I went to the MotoG4+ this past September and really like this phone, but the GSM service is pathetic next to the Sprint service (never thought I’d hear myself say that!), and my bill more than doubled. Not only that, but I lost the most effective tool in the RW arsenal, Auto WiFi login.
So based upon my narrative, what incentive do I have to stay?