I recently received a Galaxy S7 was quite happy since I figured I would replace my aging MotoX (first gen), although it would increase my monthly bill (I am on the cash back plan…don’t recall the name). And then I realized that the S7 I have won’t work with Republic since it was originally on the ATT network (runs 930A firmware). So, here I am, with a nice phone but not compatible with my service.
I started looking for alternatives- There is no Nougat version released yet for S7 (for 930U). So I can’t flash the phone and make it work with Republic.
I looked at other providers and I guess its been a while since I looked around, because I found many providers selling plans for $20-$25 for 1GB/2GB data+unlimited call & text. Some also have the option of adding international roaming when required (sure would have helped me last 3 times I was out of the country). And they have wifi calling too. I checked Ultramobile, MintSim (TMo), Boom (Verizon) etc.
So, it has got me thinking- what is Republic’s value proposition now? They are priced similarly, do wifi like others, don’t have the option for international, have restrictions on the phones that can be used…
Why would one want to stay with Republic? Am I missing something?