My original plan was something like $35/month for full coverage - meaning 5GB+ data. The Wireless only option is what I was on for multiple years, taking out some $6+ a month for those years.
Due to new phone, new SIM (actually, a SIM, my old plan had a Moto X Gen 1 through Republic, and didn’t have a SIM card at all - part of the reason of the increased prices) it needs a new plan - and they will not allow the ‘grandfathered prices’ in on it - because it is a new device and essentially a new customer at that point. (at least as far as they care) So pay “current” prices - and - looking at current, they aren’t great.
T-Mobile gives a $60/month plan for 50GB Premium Data, Straight talk has similar for 25GB data, Verizon is $70 for unlimited all of these are at first glance, so there might be throttling and such for exceeding a specified amount of data - but you get the picture.
That picture? The “$15+5$/GB” plan (the closest to get to unlimited) is way too expensive comparing them to current prices for a single line at other sources. Just 10GB data would be $65 (5*10=50+15=65) Literally both T-mobile and Straight Talk have better plans for the rate.
As for coverage - Republic Wireless "piggy-backs’ off of other companies lines, like Sprint and Verizon. So chances are, if those have great coverage in your area - you won’t notice a single difference.
As for the ‘wifi first’ system - it’s still not functional as well as it should be, maybe it works better on newer phones, but for me I would frequently miss calls and texts after shifting from mobile data to wifi and back. I would have to manually power off and on the device, and manually re-connect to wifi or network for it to ‘suddenly see’ the message or get the calls.
The final straw for me was my desire for a new and decent phone. The one I chose - is not supported. I know it’s a bit odd, and most people don’t want “rugged phones” but we should be at a point that if it takes a sim- the sim should work with it. Comparing the ‘network bands’ it has nearly all or all (I cannot remember) that another phone that “was” supported had, and a few other network bands on top. It made no real sense why ‘this rugged phone’ wasn’t able to be put on the network.
I have been enjoying my brick of a rugged phone now for a few months using mint as the provider, haven’t noticed any negative changes (except not everyone knows my new number - as republic wouldn’t let me cancel and keep number to switch)
My big point is - If republic can’t even be the same prices for plans as others right now- why should we stay with them? I am now paying like I used to ($25/month) for some 10GB of data. I may not use it all the time, but it sure is nice to have when I do use data. I had a few months of unlimited to try it out first, and see just how much data I would need and so far… I really have no complaints.
And yea, my phone and plan works with WiFi -so i haven’t lost anything, except a bigger bill.
This here ““12 months of service for the price of 10 ($240.91/yr with taxes for Text & Talk + 1G Data)”” worries me that this is acceptable The whole “12 for the price of 10” is just marketingpoo- getting to the facts your paying some $20/month for 1GB data. I pay $5 more, and get 10GB.
@aleksanders.qgubc9 Agreed. I had been a member for absolutely forever (I actually don’t remember how long, how many years I just had WiFi and forgot, etc) but being factored “by phone” instead of “by account” just shows the lack of quality in this system. If I got even close to the ‘grandfather pricing’ I would have factored that in for which new phone to get, instead of the super rugged one I got, to make sure it worked with Republic - but without having any sort of bonus, discount, “thanks for being with us for nearly a decade” or anything - they just don’t seem to care.
@louisdi the issue being that I’ve been on wifi for nearly 5 years or longer. When I finally had money to go to “real phone” I wasn’t allowed the plans I knew, I had to suddenly pay the “new” pricing. There was no consideration for my amount of years of on-time payments in the past, it was just “oh no, I guess you have to get a new plan and a new phone”. There wasn’t even a period of “pay what you did and coast” time - like a 6 month window paying old plan pricing, before the new ones swapped. It is also funny how they claim it was not sustainable for them, when the pricing is directly reflected on my new carrier - the ‘old grandfather plans’ are what are currently being provided. Maybe in a few years they will have to change too, but then again - they seem to be looking toward the CUSTOMERS not the hardware.
Also I looked it up, my old phone has a “phone-a-versary” date that dates back to March 11, 2014. - so 7 years of a customer.