Hello @Y2me. That’s a good question. I, too, try to find the best deals, and it’s important to find them. If one buys a phone from Republic Wireless’ website, then they can have the peace of mind of knowing that the phone is going to be compatible with Republic Wireless’ service without having to do any extra research.
As @johnny5 said, Republic Wireless supports BYOP. (Bringing your own phone) to their service for select phone models. You have to make sure that the specific Moto G5 that you might buy outside of Republic Wireless (or any phone on the BYOP) is compatible with RW’s service. It’s just an extra step, but as you indicated, @y2me, that extra step might save you money.
It is true that Republic Wireless doesn’t offer full fledged service on the iPhone–yet, but have you heard of Republic Anywhere?
Right now, Republic Wireless customers can send and receive texts on the iPhone (and Mac and iPad) through the Anywhere app, and beta testers can send and receive calls through wifi on the iPhone with this app. Eventually, this feature is going to be rolled out to all of its customers. You also might be interested in listening to this podcast that talked about Republic Wireless and the iPhone and other great developments with Republic Wireless.
Are you saying that Xfinity is better than Republic Wireless’ service because it has the “most hotspots by an ISP”? Honestly, I would rather that Republic Wireless continue developing Anywhere and working on projects like Relay because my cellular data needs are more than met.