I’ve been a Republic Wireless member since early 2013, back when the phones would boot you out of your call if you got out of range of your WiFi. Despite the occasional hiccup, Republic Wireless was so refreshing to an Ex-AT&T customer. I didn’t have to manage my data compulsively, I still got calls in some deadzones other people couldn’t conceive, and all at a cool price of around $25 a month. Simple, effective, and I got to brag to my friends about how I had a killer cell plan for dirt cheap.
Inevitably, the Motorola Defy XT I had just got outdated, so I upgraded to the Moto G 1st generation around the start of 2015. Although I lost my unlimited high speed data, I was fine with 5 gigabytes and unlimited reduced speed. Most of the time, I rarely came close to hitting 5 gigabytes of usage.
Recently, I got a job as a Stat Courier for Laboratory Corporation of America, or just Labcorp. It requires heavy use of my phone’s GPS system to take me to all of my pickups, and despite the fact that Google can’t optimize anything or that my phone has become about as responsive as a comatose patient, it still served it’s purpose well, but I keep coming very close to exceeding 5 gigabytes of data usage. Even though Google Maps runs as well as Stephen Hawking, the amount I have to use it at work drains my data, and I’m very rarely in range of any WiFi networks. Combine that with how much I use YouTube to occupy distant trips back home, and 5 gigabytes a month is barely cutting my data threshold.
Well, two days ago, I was rear-ended, HARD. My car was totalled. I got out just fine, but my phone sustained heavy damage, it’s time to replace it. However, with the new Republic 3.0 plans charging nearly double to almost triple for the same service on a new phone, I think it’s time to find a new carrier. I can’t afford $60 a month just because Google wants to inform me of every crack in the road on my route to my next stat. I don’t want to habitually monitor my data usage everywhere I go in fear of hitting that dreaded overage I left behind with AT&T.
Sorry Republic, I can’t afford the 3.0 plans. It’s been a great few years, but you’re becoming the very companies I tried to leave behind.