We recently had the opportunity to give Republic Wireless a try. If you’re not familiar with Republic Wireless, they’re a cell phone carrier with dirt cheap phone plans. And you know how Johnny and I feel about anything that saves us greeeen.
At the time of our Republic Wireless test drive, Johnny and I both were proud iPhone 4S owners that we got way back in 2011. And then, by some act of… Sally, my iPhone broke. And it wasn’t just the screen. She broke it real good. So I got to give Republic Wireless my all for a month. So here are my honest to goodness feelings about my experience with Republic Wireless.
When considering a cell phone carrier, there’s nothing more important than good reception. And I wasn’t sure how the reception for Republic Wireless would be since they’re not one of the ginormous carriers that waste millions of dollars on advertising like AT&T or Verizon. So color me surprised when I not only had full bars, but also had crystal clear reception.
I used the phone at home (where it uses WiFi to make calls) as well as all around the great state of Utah. And not once did it drop a call. I pledge allegiance to the Republic Wireless… alright, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. NEXT!
Ease of Use
Time for full disclosure… I’m not the most technologically savvy person on this planet. And I hate reading directions. When it comes to computers and phones, I like to just push buttons until I figure it out. So believe me when I say that Republic Wireless was easy to use. You know all of that technical wizardry that allows you to make calls over WiFi and then magically switches to cell service? You don’t even need to lift a finger. It just does it behind the scenes. And the phone I used (the Moto X) was just as user friendly as my iPhone was.
We were able to work directly with Republic Wireless while we tried their service, and their team was prompt, responsive, and helpful. They made it clear that they put the customer first, and all of our interactions with the company confirmed that. They’ve got a David vs. Goliath edge, and we like choosing the Davids.
This was probably the only perceived downside. Currently, Republic Wireless offers the Moto X, the Moto G, and the Moto E. I tried the Moto X, and I found it easy to use and very responsive. Now, it’s not the iPhone, which is probably music to some of your ears. But our iPhone 4S’s were our first and only smartphones, so were partial because it’s all we know. BUT, the Moto X ran smoothly, and I was able to do almost everything on it that I did on my iPhone. Instead of FaceTiming family, I used Skype. I was also surprised to find that the battery life was actually better than my iPhone 4S. I’d still consider the limited phone selection a drawback, but they’re all perfectly fine, reliable smartphones.
The following graphic describes Republic Wireless’s phone plans better than I ever could. And because if I said some of the numbers shown below, you’d think I was lying or high as a kite when I wrote this. I’m happy to report that neither of those cases are true. Republic Wireless KILLS it on cost. Their plans are a fraction of the price of other phone companies’ plans. Yes, PLEASE.
After my trial run with Republic Wireless, we’re officially fans. Our current phone plan is subsidized through Johnny’s work, and since Johnny works for an iPhone app development company, he’s tied to his iPhone for now. But as soon as that’s no longer on the table, you better believe we’ll be switching over to a much cheaper phone plan, and Republic Wireless will likely sit at the top of our list.
So go check those dudes and dudettes out over at Republic Wireless and see what they’ve got to offer.
Any others out there who have tried Republic Wireless? What has your experience been like? I think it’s incredibly awesome that super cheap cell phone carriers like Republic Wireless are making their stamp in our world of overpriced cell phone carriers.
*Heads Up/Disclosure: Republic Wireless provided us a phone and month of free service to test drive their service, but all opinions came straight from our own noggins, not some robot’s.