Just wanted to share a few thought on my time away from Republic Wireless.
Background: I first became interest in Republic Wireless back in 2012 - when they were in Beta. Since 2010, I had been using Google Voice. (In fact, I signed up when it was announced Google was purchasing GrandCentral). To me, the notion of a “cloud-based” phone number and the ability to make calls through the web (WiFi Calling) made so much sense. I loved the idea of Google Voice being a “mobile office.” When I read about Republic Wireless in 2012 - it seemed perfect - other than initial phone selection. I then began following Republic Wireless.
Flash Forward to July 2014… I was on a family plan on Verizon Wireless. Everyone but my father had smartphones. He has a basic flip phone for which his share of the bill was $35. For his birthday in July we got him a Republic Moto G and put him on the $10 plan. He didn’t initially want the smart phone but was blown away by the cost - and service. Soon enough, he was bragging to all his friends about his $10 smart phone plans.
My mother joined in December 2014. Waiting out my contract, I initially joined in August of 2015.
Personally, I LOVED savings and LOVED the WiFi calling. At my old job in CO - my building was so large I had little cell reception. At my new job - I am in a complete deadspot. Republic solved that problem. My colleagues were blown away that I was able to make calls and text (before WiFi calling started to take off.). Furthermore, they didn’t believe the cost was so long.
In December 2016 - I tried out the MintSIM promo. I was on MintSIM until March 2017. I then tried Cricket until June 2017… and finally just switched back. While I certainly liked some aspects of both - the whole time I wish I had Republic’s WiFi calling (and price).
Why I Switched?:
- Coverage: Neither the CDMA or GSM carrier on Republic Wireless are great in my area (NH). My original CDMA phone had decent enough talk/text roaming. I found GSM to be slightly more limited in terms of talk/text roaming.
- More Data - MintSIM offered a great multi-month discount on a LOT of data. (I had been doing fine with 1GB on Republic but required a lot of management). Likewise, at the $30 mark Cricket offered more data than Republic (I also liked the International Roaming for Canada as I occasionally travel there) - so I gave it a go.
- Why Not? I knew - and planned to come back to Republic if needed. Might as well try competitors.
Why I Came Back
- WiFi Calling/ Bonded Calling MintSIM offers WiFI calling on a handful of models of phones - but Republic gives WAY more options (including my Moto Z). Cricket offers NO WiFi calling. I knew the WiFi Calling was nice when visiting family up in rural areas and at work but I didn’t realize how much I would miss it. Several deadspots (either location or because of building) that drive me crazy.
- Customer Service - Republic Wireless is friendly, helpful, and incredibly responsive. In addition to amazing, welcoming staff (kudos to @southpaw to reaching out) - the community is great. I am glad to be a member again.
So… hope this helps!
Glad to be back!