Republic Wireless Review 2017

Last updated on July 27th, 2017

I first reviewed Republic Wireless two years ago when my parents were looking for a new cellular plan. I reviewed the service again after they updated the firmware and released two new phones.

To recap:

Republic Wireless is an innovative company that I stumbled upon while research low-cost cellular providers. The founders developed a plan to prioritize WiFi broadband internet over cellular data, thereby lowering the cost to end users.

The Republic team took the stock Android operating system and developed a custom firmware that integrates WiFi calling technology with traditional cellular coverage. When you connect to a Wifi internet connection, Republic Wireless phones automatically make calls and send messages through the internet, which is very cheap to do. Once you are beyond WiFi range, Republic phones automatically switch and utilize cellular towers like most smartphones.

With the custom firmware configured, Republic launched a beta program to test feasibility. The new service was configured for only one phone – the Motorola Defy XT (now extinct), and there were several problems with the beta service. The transition from WiFi to cellular towers was buggy and sometimes resulted in dropped calls. MMS (multimedia messaging) also had problems.

Firmware Updates

To fix the initial problems observed in the beta release, Republic Wireless made a number of firmware changes and vastly improved their network transition. They fixed the problem with dropped calls and fixed the messaging problems. The Wifi-cellular hybrid service began working seamlessly and has continued to improve with each new update.

Republic also announced a new lineup of phones. They began offering the Moto X and Moto G. A few months after release, Republic rolled out two more phones, the Moto E and the 2nd generation Moto X. These phones will continue to be supported by Republic, but will not be available for purchase by new customers.

Big Changes in 2016

On July 28th, 2016, Republic once again improved their service and announced several major changes:

  • Cellular Network – New Republic Wireless users will utilize the T-Mobile network (existing plans will remain on the Sprint network for now).
  • New Phone Policy – Republic now sells a variety of new, unlocked smartphones that are compatible with the T-Mobile network. These phones are fully unlocked, which means that each phone will work on other cellular plans if you ever happen to leave Republic.
  • Bring Your Own Phone – New customers can use their existing smartphone (must be on the compatibility list below) and purchase a Republic SIM card (available online for $5).

Republic Wireless Phones

You have two options when selecting a smartphone to use Republic Wireless service.

  1. Purchase a new, unlocked smartphone directly from Republic
  2. Or, bring your own device and purchase a Republic wireless SIM card ($5).

If you want to purchase a device from Republic, you can choose between the following smartphones:

  • Moto Z – $699
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge – $599
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 – $599
  • Moto Z Play – $399
  • Moto G5 – $229
  • Huawei Ascend 5W – $149
  • Moto E4 – $99 (on sale)

These phones require no contracts whatsoever. If you decide to leave Republic, you can take the phone and use it on another carrier.

Which Republic Wireless Phone Should You Choose?

All of the unlocked phones offered by Republic are reputable Android smartphones. You really can’t go wrong, but I’ll share a few of my thoughts on selecting a phone.

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Best Budget Phone: Moto E⁴ ($99) or Huawei Ascend 5W ($149)

Both of these phones are a great value, and both offer similar modern features that users love:

  • Latest Android updates
  • Similar battery life and capacity
  • Almost identical size and weight
  • Similar processors, RAM, and performance
  • Both have 16GB storage + MicroSD memory card slot

The Moto E⁴ has two major advantages:

  • The E⁴ supports up to 128GB microSD memory cards, while the Huawei Ascend only officially supports up to 32GB memory cards.
  • Internal cellular antennas for all major U.S. carriers. If you ever needed to leave Republic, your Moto E⁴ would work with any other U.S. carrier.

The Huawei Ascend 5W also has two advantages:

  • 5.5″ 1080p High Definition (HD) screen
  • 13-megapixel rear camera + 5MP front camera
  • Full metal design – The Ascend 5W looks and feels like a premium phone.
  • Fingerprint scanner allows you to lock and unlock the phone (providing additional security).

For the vast majority of smartphone users, both phones are more than capable and will provide a solid user experience.

Best Overall Value – Moto G⁵ Plus ($229)republic wireless Moto G5 review

The new Moto G⁵ Plus is a good value. It has received praise for the following features:

  • 12MP Dual Autofocus rear camera with 4K video recording
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 625 (8-core) processors
  • 100% compatibility with all U.S. carriers
  • 5.2” Full HD (1080 x 1920) IPS screen
  • Android™ 7.0 Nougat

If you are looking for a better camera and more powerful processor than the Moto E⁴ mentioned above, the Moto G⁵ will be a great fit.

If you are looking for a premium device, The Samsung Galaxy S7 is an excellent flagship product with excellent user reviews. The only concern for some is the steep price tag.

Bring Your Own Phone

If you already own a compatible smartphone, you can purchase a Republic Wireless SIM card and activate service on your existing device.

As of now, the following devices are compatible with the Republic SIM card (model number is shown in parenthesis):

  • Alcatel A30 (5046G)
  • Google Pixel (G-2PW4100)
  • Google Pixel XL (G-2PW2100)
  • Huawei Ascend 5W (H1623)
  • Moto E4 (XT1768)
  • Moto G4 (XT1625)
  • Moto G4 PLAY (XT1607)
  • Moto G4 PLUS (XT1644)
  • Moto G5 Plus (XT1687)
  • Moto X Pure Edition (XT1575)
  • Moto Z (XT1650-03)
  • Moto Z Play (XT1635-02)
  • Nexus 5X by LG (LGH790)
  • Nexus 6 by Motorola (XT1103)
  • Nexus 6P by Huawei (H1511)
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 (SM-G920T)
  • Samsung Galaxy J3 (SM-J320A)
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 (SM-G930U)
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (SM-G935U)

If you own an eligible device, you must download the Republic Wireless app to verify compatibility.

After verifying compatibility, you can then order a universal Republic SIM card for $5. When the SIM card arrives, insert into your device and load the Republic app to activate your device.

Republic Wireless Plans and Coverage

Republic completely overhauled their network and plans. The older Republic phones ran on the Sprint network, and had to be purchased directly from Republic. All of the new phones are unlocked, and run on the T-Mobile network. In many areas in the country, T-Mobile has better coverage than Sprint, resulting in fewer headaches and dropped calls.

As of right now, customers can select from the following plans:

$15/month: Unlimited talk and text on T-Mobile and WiFi. Data on WiFi only

$20/month: Unlimited talk and text on T-Mobile and WiFi. 1GB data on T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network

$30/month: Unlimited talk and text on T-Mobile and WiFi. 2GB data on T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network

$45/month: Unlimited talk and text on T-Mobile and WiFi. 4GB data on T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network

$60/month: Unlimited talk and text on T-Mobile and WiFi. 6GB data on T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network

$90/month: Unlimited talk and text on T-Mobile and WiFi. 10GB data on T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network

The $15/month plan is the base plan, offering unlimited talk and text (but no cellular data).

The $20/month plan is probably the best value for most users. For an additional $5 per month, you get 1GB of high-speed cellular data each month. When Republic tested these plans with a large sample of customers, they found that the average user needs about 0.5GB of cellular data each month (because WiFi is so widely available to use for free).

Republic will allow you to upgrade your plan (add additional data) at any time during the month.

The Republic Wireless Guarantee

Republic Wireless offers a money back guarantee on all products purchased through Republic Wireless.

There are two different types of guarantees:

Phone Guarantee – Generally, Republic offers a 14-day guarantee for all devices. Following the date of delivery, you have 2 weeks to use your device on Republic. If you are unhappy for any reason, you can return the device for a full refund (device must be undamaged, in its original packaging).

Service Guarantee – After activating your new phone, Republic provides a 14-day guarantee for monthly service. If you don’t like the service, you can request a full refund of the initial service charge.

If for any reason, you decide Republic isn’t for you, you can contact Republic for a full refund on your device and service within the 14-day window.

Our Experience on Republic Wireless

Three different members of our family are long-time Republic Wireless users. Each has a different phone and different plan. The original firmware had some problems, and we did experience the occasional dropped call when moving from WiFi to the cellular network. Other than that, the quality of calls over WiFi has been very good, with no noticeable decline in call quality when compared to cellular calls.

The recent updates have greatly improved the service. Dropped calls are increasingly rare, and the overall experience is comparable to the other major cellular providers. The only difference is that Republic is much more affordable and innovative. Other cellular companies are still trying to charge 2-3x the price of Republic’s unlimited talk and text plan.

Republic Wireless Review Summary

There are very few carriers that can compete with Republic Wireless right now. All of the Republic plans are reasonably priced, and the $20/month plan is a superb solution for most users.

Republic Wireless is disrupting the landscape of cellular providers and doing consumers a huge favor in providing this service. The new phones and plans are another step forward, improving upon an already top-notch service.

You can check the phones, plans, and details on the Republic Wireless website.

Republic Wireless Review
Summary
Starting at $15/month, Republic Wireless is the best cellular provider for unlimited usage. With new phones, new plans, and continual updates, Republic is tough to beat.
Pricing9.5
Features9.3
Ease of Use9.3
Customer Support6.9
Strengths
Low-cost unlimited plans
Affordable unlocked smartphones
Bring your own device program
Reliable T-Mobile coverage
Weaknesses
Customer support is limited to email and chat. No phone support is available.
8.8
Overall
Comments
    • Gregor
    • July 20, 2017
    Reply

    OK, I openly admit I am techno-challenged, but I don’t understand this. I can’t get my phone to totally connect to WiFi at Starbucks (actually that’s a Google problem, but still) … you’re saying this service does … what? Just randomly picks up WiFi signals and uses those for calls and texts? Like, if I’m in Waffle House it will use the WH WiFi, but if I’m driving past Kohl’s, it will use their WiFi? Does it use private citizens’ WiFi? That hardly seems fair …
    I don’t even have WiFi turned on on my phone currently (I haven’t seen a benefit, and it wears down the battery quicker), so I am really starting at Ground Zero with this. I use my phone for calls and texts, mostly; my only downloaded apps are Yahoo Mail, eBay, and Words With Friends … not what you would call a power user. BUT … my parents live out in the sticks, and don’t even have cable tv … when I visit there, I use my phone for a WiFi hub sometimes … will that still work?
    Sorry for all the questions. You’re just the first reviewer I’ve found on here who I can actually understand …

    • Jackson
    • July 18, 2017
    Reply

    My wife and I have been T-mobile pay-as-you-go users for about 5 years, and we are thinking about changing to RW. She uses an old unlocked LG Optimus and I use an unlocked iphone 4s. I know that these phones won’t work on RW, but we are both looking to update our phones, most likely to the Moto e4. My pay-as-you-go minutes (about $40 worth, 10 cents per minute or text) will run out in about 6 weeks, and I will probably make the switch over then. My wife doesn’t use her phone a lot, and has about 900 minutes left which will last her up to a year. Question: If I buy her (or both of us) a Moto e4 from RW, will it be unlocked (I think so) and could I “use up” my T-mobile pay-as-you-go minutes on the e4 before I activate it with RW? Thanks in advance.

      • Jacob Lumby
      • July 18, 2017
      Reply

      Hi Jackson,
      I believe you are correct, and your plan should work. All Republic phones are fully unlocked from the start.

        • Jackson
        • July 19, 2017
        Reply

        Thanks for the reply. I put the phone in the cart, but there was no option to buy it without a plan. So should I buy the phone, and the plan that I want (1gb/month), and just not activate it for a while? Would it be okay to not activate it for about 2-3 months? And I guess that brings up when the 14 day guarantee would start, after I buy the phone, or after I activate the plan. Thanks again

          • Jacob Lumby
          • July 19, 2017
          Reply

          I think the guarantee would begin at purchase for the device, but at activation for the plan.
          I’m not 100% sure about using the device without activation. They have changed the activation system since I last made a purchase, so you might be required to activate the phone immediately after you receive it.
          If another reader has recently gone through the activation process, maybe they can assist us here.

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    • Matthew
    • May 29, 2017
    Reply

    I just discovered RW last week. Sounds pretty darn good to me. I am currently using Consumer Cellular which I started using back in Feb 2017. Pretty good service and certainly cheaper than the big dogs.
    I am living at a motel that provides free internet wi-fi. If you are familiar with most of these motels’ service, you get connected with their service using a password. You are connected but cannot use the internet without going through their “splashpage” which pops up after that initial connection is made . There is a button you have to click on and then you get the actual connection. This “splashpage” pops up 3-4 times a day. And, it will pop up while I am in the middle of browsing. I click the button, it re-establishes my connection and I continue on browsing.
    Will I have to deal with this on RW’s service?

      • Jacob
      • May 29, 2017
      Reply

      Yes, Republic smartphones work like any other electronic and use the same WiFi interface. Popups and splash pages are a function of the WiFi provider, not the connected device.

    • Wayne in Indy
    • May 19, 2017
    Reply

    Nice article. Thanks.
    Just wanted to add that I ordered a smartphone and plan from Republic Wireless as a surprise Mothers day gift for my wife. Turns out she really does not need or want a cell phone. I went to their website and canceled the phone and service. It was completely hassle free. Not only did they refund my 1st months’ service fee and $200 for the phone, but emailed me a prepaid mailing label. Very easy and a pleasant surprise. When my T-moble contract expires, I will look into moving my service to them.

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    • Ryan
    • May 5, 2017
    Reply

    I am on a $10/month plan (wifi only, no data) but this is now a $15 plan. If I upgrade my phone will I be billed for the new cost of the same plan, or will I keep my original billing amount?

      • Jacob
      • May 5, 2017
      Reply

      The old $10 plan is through Sprint. You will need to purchase a compatible Sprint phone to remain on that plan. Your best bet is probably used through Craigslist, Ebay, or Swappa.

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    • Jack
    • April 8, 2017
    Reply

    If I am in a store does the phone use their wifi or cellular connection? Does the phone automatically pickup wifi signals while traveling? Or if I am at someones house do i need to use their wifi code?

      • Quinn
      • May 3, 2017
      Reply

      If WiFi is available then the phones will automatically utilize the WiFi connection, and not the cellular connection.. When leaving the WiFi area it should seamlessly transfer to a cellular connection with not disruption to your call or call quality.

      Of course, it can only use WiFi connections that you are fully connected to. So if a password is required then it will not connect to that WiFi until the credentials are provided.

    • Jay Dewar
    • April 4, 2017
    Reply

    Hi Jacob,
    I am impressed by your interactions on line.
    I almost ordered an Ascend by Huwawei until I saw some troubling reviews. As such, researching Moto models for economy and value.
    It’s my belief that if I BMOPh unlocked it will remain unlocked even if I switched to another carreier (?)
    Is it the same if I bought one direct from RW, incase I am not satisfied and want switch to another?

      • Jacob
      • April 5, 2017
      Reply

      Hi Jay, you are correct. BYOP and the phones sold by Republic are completely unlocked. Republic never locks a device to the network, which is great.

    • Joe K
    • March 31, 2017
    Reply

    I have the Moto G now which has worked fine for years. I want to upgrade to Moto G5 Plus. What are my uses with old Moto G? Can I still use with wifi? Can wife use join RW and get another phone number and use it? Any other uses? thanks

      • Jacob
      • April 2, 2017
      Reply

      You can use the phone as a Wifi only device, or you can activate the phone on a new line for your wife.

        • Joe K
        • April 2, 2017
        Reply

        Can I use the camera still and download to computer?

          • Jacob
          • April 3, 2017
          Reply

          Yes, I believe so.

    • Denise Smith
    • March 12, 2017
    Reply

    I know you can cancel any time with RW. But can the service be suspended and reactivated regularly? I am in the US only 6 months a year. Can I have a plan for the 6 months and suspend the service for the remaining 6 months? If so is there a fee?

      • Clive
      • March 21, 2017
      Reply

      They do not currently suspend service. It has been asked many times on their website and they may work with you. Otherwise it is just the cost of the sim card to reactivate…

    • Rob
    • March 9, 2017
    Reply

    I have had RW quite awhile now. I left it for a week last month to try PureTalkUSA. I quickly came back to RW. PuretalkUSA was awful. Most times calls would not even go through. They use the AT&T network. Apparently AT&T is not that good in my area. I only left them because I had a Galaxy S5 active lying around which I really liked. Which does not work on RW. Republic actually credited me back the difference what was not used for that month. Their website is easy to understand. It really is easy to switch. There is no phone number to call customer support. But that’s okay. You can contact them through their website. I have several times. They were fantastic about getting back to me as quickly as possible. Some issues can be handled by live chat. My service on RW has been great! So inexpensive. I do not see myself switching again. At least not anytime soon.

    • Christine Lee
    • February 22, 2017
    Reply

    I am 90% ready to make the switch from our expensive Verizon plan to Republic. But I really love my iPhone and hate to give it up. I can synch it with my macbook pro and can have all the details of my life (grocery lists, calendar, etc) at the tip of my fingers. If I move to an android phone, would it be possible to use one of the available phones as I currently use the iPhone, and synch all the information on it with my laptop? Any thoughts or suggestions would be much appreciated.

      • Heather
      • March 21, 2017
      Reply

      Yes it’s possible. It’s not exactly the same and you would be using a few different apps to do it but there are many wonderful tools that Android users have that rival Apple. An app called Wunderlist can help you with your grocery lists. Google calendar works nicely between computer and phone. Evernote works for general notes and scanned documents and I’m sure there are many other apps out there if you do a little searching.

      • Don Bob
      • February 26, 2017
      Reply

      I don’t miss the huge bill, the iPhone (all hype) and for the majority of my apps/data/info, the switchover was fairly painless. We are 4 months in, and could not be happier. We are currently using a pair of Motorola Z play phones. Most Android phones are way ahead in regards to storage on your phone. Plop in an SD card and viola! Massive storage!

      Good Luck, best wishes!

    • Scott Keen
    • January 4, 2017
    Reply

    Will GPS navigation (Google Maps, Waze, etc) work with the cheapest $15 plan? Will GPS navigation only work when the phone is on a WiFi connection since the $15 plan does not include cellular data? (i.e. on the $15 plan, how would GPS navigation work when I’m driving in a remote rural area far from any WiFi connections?) Thanks for the review.

      • Jacob
      • January 9, 2017
      Reply

      If the maps application requires data, then you need a WiFi connection. But, MAPS.ME and Nokia Maps provide full GPS navigation offline. You download the maps on WiFi, and can use them anywhere. In fact, I’m typing this reply from Thailand, where we have been using MAPS.ME successfully without data.

    • Tammy Mills
    • December 14, 2016
    Reply

    OMG. Thank you so much for this information. I have a home phone set up through VOIP using Google talk. You can have your own phone number and can put the ‘Talk’ app on your android phone and make free calls through wifi. I even have it on all my pc’s and laptops so I can sit at my laptop, talk to my family while surfing. All you need is a good headset. The calls are reliable and chrystal clear. My wife has been using straight talk for her cell phone, but the plan you spoke of is amazing. I am going to check it out now. Thanks again.

    • Barbara
    • November 17, 2016
    Reply

    Does anyone know if with the new unlocked phones with a Republic Sim Card whether you can remove that SIM and put in one from another country? That would be great if possible.

      • Jacob
      • December 16, 2016
      Reply

      That should work assuming the foreign SIM is compatible with the U.S. hardware.

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    • Monty
    • November 5, 2016
    Reply

    Is there an activation fee for Republic Wireless? Can I transfer my cell phone number?

      • Jacob
      • November 5, 2016
      Reply

      No, and yes

    • Elke
    • September 22, 2016
    Reply

    Hi there,
    I have the T-Mobile plan with an IPhone6 – would it be possible to switch to RW?

      • Robert
      • October 30, 2016
      Reply

      You can not bring an iPhone onto the RW network.

    • Annette
    • September 22, 2016
    Reply

    If I switch to Republic will I lose all my contacts, pics etc from my Samsung Galaxy S5 to a new unlocked phone? Also, can I use the micro SD card I have in my Samsung right now and put a new phone from republic? I am afraid I will not be able to set up the new phone without a cell phone dealer. I am afraid I will lose everything.

      • DJ
      • December 16, 2016
      Reply

      The short answer is no you will not lose anything. You can put everything onto the micro SD and then insert it into the new phone but there is a migrate icon in your apps that will automate all of this for you from one phone to the other. You will still have your old phone so no worries on losing your info since it can still be accessed on the old phone even if you don’t have service or a phone number associated with the phone (actually you can still use the old phone on wi-fi too. Good Luck!

    • James Larry Plyler
    • September 13, 2016
    Reply

    Can I get my wife a phone and she would be on my plan?

      • Jacob
      • September 13, 2016
      Reply

      Each phone needs a plan.

        • Robert
        • October 30, 2016
        Reply

        But it comes through all as one bill/payment.

          • GadgetDan
          • December 25, 2016
          Reply

          Yes, multiple plans per account. We have 4 RW phones, each with it’s own plan to fit the user, on 2 accounts for under $100/mo total. Data does not share between phones, even on the same account, if that is what he was really asking.

    • ADAM J WILLIS
    • September 8, 2016
    Reply

    Has anyone purchased just the SIM card and used it in a unlocked phone? The models they say are comparable online are only the factory unlocked versions I have a s7 edge that is the same model and unlock just a different last letter because it was through a different carrier. I want to switch but also want to be able to use my current phone.

    • Morris Pelzel
    • September 3, 2016
    Reply

    So, if I am currently on a Republic Wireless plan with the Sprint network, can I choose to switch to a plan with the T-Mobile network? Will these new plans run on both T-Mobile and Sprint, or just on T-Mobile?

      • Jacob
      • September 4, 2016
      Reply

      No, Sprint phones aren’t typically compatible on T-Mobile. So you’ll continue using Sprint unless you buy a new phone, as discussed in the review.

        • Peggy Alexander
        • October 25, 2016
        Reply

        Jacob -is there a source for new or gently used Republic 2.0 phones? I don’t want to change my plan, but want a newer phone. I have a Moto X 1st generation.

          • Jacob
          • October 26, 2016
          Reply

          Hi Peggy, you can purchase new direct from Republic, or used through sites like Swappa, Ebay, or Craigslist.

            • Patrick
            • December 6, 2016

            After I dropped my RW phone and smashed the screen, I bought a replacement on eBay. As long as it is an RW phone, the switch is not only painless, but free 🙂

    • Aidan Breese
    • August 19, 2016
    Reply

    The question i have is say i have the 1 GB/month plan. When/if I use up that GB before the month is up will i be charged extra? Will they take my data away? Will they slow down the data?

      • Jacob
      • August 23, 2016
      Reply

      It should just stop working until your next billing cycle begins.

        • Brad
        • August 24, 2016
        Reply

        This just happened to my wife’s plan for the month of August. The data just stops and then when you go into the RW app, it gives you the option to add additional data. It will not automatically charge you for going over the data amount, which we love!

  6. Reply

    I’ve been using RW for a couple of years and I love it. I’ve got the Moto X 1st gen. phone and it is still going strong. One son has the same phone and the other one just got the new Moto G4 Plus (he lost his old phone). When I tell people about our plan they never believe me. The big carriers really have a lot of people fooled into thinking they won’t have service unless they pay the big bills.

    • Sara
    • August 6, 2016
    Reply

    I’m just wondering if I understand this correctly. Where I live I would be roaming on the Sprint network. We have wifi at my house so would I still be able to make calls because I have the wifi at my house and I wouldn’t need to worry about the Sprint network?

      • Jacob
      • August 6, 2016
      Reply

      Sprint is no longer used for new customers.

        • Sara
        • August 6, 2016
        Reply

        I did see new customers will use T-Mobile. My house it says will have a fair reception with T-Mobile. I live out in the country. Would you say though with our wifi in our house that the phone will work if the signal with T-Mobile isn’t as good? I just want to make sure I’m understanding how this all works.

          • Jacob
          • August 8, 2016
          Reply

          Yes, service will work well. If you connect to any broadband internet via WiFi, Republic uses WiFi for cellular services. You won’t have to worry about the T-Mobile signal, although I think it will work fine in your home. T-Mobile is widely regarding as having the best signal penetration inside of buildings for cellular coverage.

    • EIleen Howard
    • August 1, 2016
    Reply

    I got turned on to Republic Wireless by reading your first review on the company just about a year ago.. They are a phenomenal company. Great business vision and very helpful with any question you have. I went to the $25 plan- which is now the equivalent of the $20 plan – and it never once has cost me more than $15 plus change for my monthly service. I use over 60% of the time and cell when I have no other options. I did have to sacrifice my “many years old” Samsung, Galaxy -the original Galaxy phone (because RW didn’t have that brand as an option) and picked up a Motorola phone, the MotoX 2nd Gen. and it’s a great phone for all I want to do-and it was a fraction of what most smart phones cost. You would have to pull me, kicking and screaming, back to anything other than Republic Wireless!

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    • steve
    • June 20, 2016
    Reply

    HI Jacob,
    Could you verify that RW works on Cell service in Canada? I know that it will work on Wifi no problem. I just don’t know whether Verizon or Sprint have any cell service in Vancouver Canada area that enable continued service outside of the US.
    Thanks,

    Steve

      • Marcia
      • January 1, 2017
      Reply

      It will work on WiFi only in Canada.

      Marcia

    • Mary
    • April 21, 2016
    Reply

    Can you buy a phone on a payment plan?

      • Jacob
      • April 21, 2016
      Reply

      Yes, they now offer some payment plans.

    • Julia
    • April 4, 2016
    Reply

    Been using Republic Wireless for over two years and have not had a problem with finding WIFI spots and I live in a small community. There’s so much WIFI that I get a monthly rebate on my phone and I use my phone a lot!!! And my phone automatically and painlessly switches between WIFI and cell tower with no problems. It’s pretty amazing how well it works. My only problem is where there is no cell coverage and it doesn’t matter what kind of carrier you have because in the boondocks, only satellite phones work (do they even make those any more?”.

    • Ann
    • February 27, 2016
    Reply

    Hi dropped my phone in toliet now it keeps turning on and off. What can I do.

      • PF
      • March 22, 2017
      Reply

      Hmmm, can’t help you – I never had a toilet that kept turning on and off….

      But seriously, Ann, try Anna’s suggestion of putting buried in a closed container of dry, uncooked rice to suck the moisture out of the phone (also works with flashdrives, to which a colleague of mine can attest after leaving his in his pants when he threw them in the washing machine).

      Soaked cellphones must not be too uncommon an occurrence – a few months ago, I was in a grocery store checking out and noticed a machine standing against the wall where the coin counting machines, Redboxes, etc. usually are located. However, I had never seen one of these machines before – it was exclusively for drying out cellphones and the like! I think it probably charged like $5.

      • Anna
      • October 13, 2016
      Reply

      I’ve heard putting it in rice (dry, uncooked) will draw the moisture out of it.

      • Kathyrn
      • July 10, 2016
      Reply

      Put it in s cotton sock and swing it around. Then sit it be a fan for a few days. Be sure to remove battery before swinging.

      • Mort
      • March 2, 2016
      Reply

      Flush toilet. Buy new phone.

    • Kate Stansbury
    • February 18, 2016
    Reply

    I’m thinking of changing from ATT to RW. I want to be able to import my photos from my IPhone to my RW phone. Can I do that and if so, how? Many thanks.

    • Reply

      Get a Dropbox account (https://www.dropbox.com/), download the app to your iPhone, set the Dropbox app to automatically upload all photo’s to the cloud, sit back and relax. Now all of your photo’s are available anywhere you have an internet connection.

      • Julia
      • April 4, 2016
      Reply

      When switching phones, I copied all my photos via USB to my computer and then copied them back to my phone. It’s quick and easy too. Same with music.

    • Ben
    • February 6, 2016
    Reply

    Can I transfer my phone number from a landline to a new cell phone number?

      • John
      • May 3, 2016
      Reply

      yes you can. a friend of mine did this exact thing.

    • John
    • February 2, 2016
    Reply

    Good Review… My wife and I are seniors in our mid 70s who are not very facile with computer technology, but the Moto phones that our youngest son (a computer professional) had us get and the service from Republic have been excellent over the last 15 months, and their super low pricing is great for our budget. We learn slowly and can now do all of the basics on the phones (calling, picture taking, texting, sending/receiving photos, using the alarm, and a few other features. It seems that Republic service is getting better all the time. No more dropped calls when moving from wifi to cell or back again and the cell service with Sprint has been just fine -even when driving through the mountains on long trips.

    Based on our experience, your enthusiasm for Republic is well founded.

    • Deanna
    • January 14, 2016
    Reply

    I am considering switching to RW, however, I live in a fairly rural area WA-ID border (Clarkston, WA – Moscow, ID). Wondering if this will be more frustrating than it is worth. I currently have 5 phones on a Verizon family plan and pay $300 per month on average (It just keeps going up and up!!!) . My adult kids use a fair amount of data and I use a little. My husband and mother-in-law have old flip phones that use no data. Any idea if RW would be right for me?

      • Brad
      • August 24, 2016
      Reply

      Deanna,

      If you have wifi internet at your house, it doesn’t matter whether you live in the boondocks or live on the moon, your phone service with RW will work great! That’s the benefit of RW!!

      • Ken Berry
      • January 26, 2016
      Reply

      I live in Coeur d Alene and use the RW service and has been great so far. If you check their website the coverage map seems to be very accurate. Good luck.

    • Heather
    • January 7, 2016
    Reply

    I have been using Republic Wireless for over a year, and only occasionally have some dropped calls, but I live in the boondocks and like to text most of the time anyway. The RW community is so helpful and the company itself seems to really listen to what people are requesting and work hard to keep the business. My kids and I have the Moto E 1st gen. and are on the $10 plan, and my hubby has a Moto X and is currently on the $40 plan. We used to have US Cellular, but the pricing was outrageous. Good review!

    • Barbara
    • December 31, 2015
    Reply

    I enjoyed reading the review.
    My question is can I use my Verizon assigned telephone number when I switch to RW?

      • Jacob
      • January 3, 2016
      Reply

      Yes, port your number for free.

  8. Reply

    I am a new Republic Wireless customer and have been using if for about a month now. I agree with your whole assessment here. Everyone I tell is shocked that first of all the smartphone (Moto E) only costs $125, and that my bill is only 25 + tax a month. (I get 1 GB). Then when I tell them that any data I dont use gets refunded off my bill they give me this look like “How the hell is that even possible?”. I’ve not had any issues with service, and I live out in a more rural area. Coverage is a bit less than the big providers, but with roaming I haven’t found a place I can’t use it yet. It is an amazing service if you don’t want to pay for a big plan, don’t mind a limited (but fully functioning) lineup of phones, and have access to wi-fi on a regular basis. Also, Im sure a lot of people need the data for GPS…hint, get the app “HERE” on the Google play store, it lets you use GPS and download local versions of the maps so you use 0 data. Thanks for the read! I also don’t work or have any affiliation with Republic other than loving their service!

    • Rick
    • November 30, 2015
    Reply

    I want to get this for my 13 year old who will be moving from a dumb phone to a smart phone. My question has to do with the data and how it is charged. If I get him the .5 GB data, will he be automatically stopped once that is reached or will I be charged for more data if he keeps using it? I will be paying his bill on my credit card. I think .5 GB is more than enough for him since my expectation that most use will be over wifi, but I don’t want to get a bill for $100 if he is able to access data over the plan limit. Thanks!

      • Jacob
      • December 10, 2015
      Reply

      He can’t use more than you purchase for him.

    • Thomas R
    • November 17, 2015
    Reply

    Yes, I’m a Republic Wireless fanboy and proud of it. I joined Republic shortly after they came out of beta testing. I bought (and still have) a Moto X Gen 1 phone and never looked back. Sprint service in the Washington, DC metro area is fine, as is WiFi availability. I have the new Republic service plan with unlimited talk, text + 0.5 Gb data. My monthly bill averages $16.00/month. Republic has a 30-day service guarantee for new customers, so what do you have to lose? If you don’t like the service,drop it and go back to your old plan and continue overpaying!

    You’re a good candidate for this service if:
    You have fast WiFi at home (not DSL, get with the program!) and where you hang out.
    Sprint cellular service (for backup) is good in your area.
    You are willing to be proactive and connect your phone to WiFi when out and about.
    You don’t need a lot of hand holding as Republic does not have a customer service number.
    However, Republic DOES have a responsive community base on their website.
    DISCLAIMER: I do not work for Republic Wireless and nobody is paying me to say nice things about them.

    Thomas

      • Marcia Marshall
      • December 21, 2015
      Reply

      SUPER community of helpers, helping each other and helping newbies at RW… and if they can’t give the answer or if there’s an issue with your phone, the same page has a button to click and open a ‘service ticket’; in that case a RW employee will email back and forth to get you all fixed. …

      I LOVE my RW. i just switched to the $17.50 plan this month, and I already know a few of those bucks are going to be refunded next bill. yay

      Here’s community page
      https://community.republicwireless.com/welcome

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    • Diane
    • October 29, 2015
    Reply

    I am an original beta tester for Republic, with them since their initial launch in 2011. I heard about their launch in an article, and then I spent a few hours trying to get onto their site on launch day. I happened to get lucky, and I got in on day one. I’m not a techie…just someone who liked the ideas of hybrid calling and saving money.

    It actually wasn’t the Defy that RW launched with, it was the LG Optimus S. It was pretty terrible! They quickly moved onto the Defy. I now have the Moto X 1 G. As a courtesy,for dealing with the glitches when they first launched, they give all of us original beta testers a lifetime 10% discount on service. I think it is a great deal, even without my extra savings. Anyway, over time, RW has worked out most of the kinks, and the the wifi to cellular handoff (and vice versa) is fairly smooth. Truth be told, I now pay $10 base for unlimited phone and text plus $7.50 for 500mb of data, and after they refund my unusused data, I average less than $13 a month.

    If you live in an area like mine, this is an unbelievable deal. We have tons of free wifi hotspots here on Long Island because of a joint agreement between a bunch of cable providers to share all wifi hotspots with each others’ customers…basically most public areas on Long Island have free wifi for Optimum customers because of this deal. Between that and being around wifi the rest of the time at home and work, my offload to wifi is huge. Sprint coverage is pretty good here too.

    It turns out, I really don’t need a lot of data, but it’s there if I need it, they refund what I don’t use, and they let you buy more on demand if you need to do that. I love it, I use my phone constantly, and I simply cannot understand why anyone pays more for their phone service. I just looked at my bill and it was just $12.81 last month, INCLUDING taxes. I will be with Republic for a while at those prices, lol.

    • Dorothy Bradley
    • October 17, 2015
    Reply

    I am having a problem with multimedia messaging. When I go to send a picture I get a message,
    couldn’t send due to network problem. I don’t understand due to the fact my husband and I are on the same network. He is able to send and receive. I can receive a multimedia message just not send one. I haven’t made any changes to my phone. This makes the second day it has been like this. Somehow I’m thinking it is not the network. I have a Moto G phone. Hope you can help.

      • Dorothy Bradley
      • October 19, 2015
      Reply

      Thank You so very much for your help. I have e-mailed you several times. You have always answered right away. You have been very helpful. I contacted Republic and they were able to help me. I am now able to multimedia message.I have had a few issues with my phone but was always able to have the problem resolved quickly. We love our phones and the service we have received from Republic. The money savings out weigh the few problems we have had. Thanks again!

      • Jacob
      • October 17, 2015
      Reply

      Ask Republic to reset your connection to the network.

    • John
    • October 1, 2015
    Reply

    We’re in Oceanside, Ca and have enjoyed WR here since early 2013. First phone was the DEFY on “Beta Service” and that equipment itself did leave a lot to be desired! No auto switching between WiFi and Mobile service and otherwise too many dropped calls per se. I would suggest it’s a big mistake to buy a DEFY phone. Just compromising WR good experience capability with a lot of fussiness at best and connectivity issues perhaps at worst!
    We presently have two WR phones with two lines in service. I recently lost my original Moto E phone, now just within a week replaced with the new 2nd generation E phone. Also in family the updated version of the first gen E phone. For me this updated original E phone was he sweet spot! The current 2nd generation thicker and definitely heavier. The first gen did everything I needed and a bit more pocketable. Battery life isn’t great on any. Definitely plug to power within 24 hours; heavy use perhaps six plus hours or less max.
    Replacing my lost first gen E phone (my own fault), an experience. That lost one our primary phone number and an ‘OMG’ bit of trauma upon the loss. Yet quickly connecting by my Email to WR concerning the loss and to their community. At first quite consecrated concerning at such my first contact! But actually a number of good things. First and foremost a quick reply. Perhaps within thirty minutes. Then immediate good tech advice. A feeling of someone on the other end who was concerned, had the necessary answers or would get them!good service in terms of WR ‘reaching out’ perhaps the most important thing in the lost phone transitioning process!
    Ordering a new phone by the WR Website was seamless. My only oversight was as an existing customer moving between WR phones, not to elect to have the number ported WITHIN THE ORDER ITSELF. Simply unaware of such feature/option! That made the porting process more complex and to involve an extra day of effort! Yet within several days… “All’s well that ends well”! The staff/ community help was superb. My new phone order arrived in two days versus the three projected.

    We’re not a heavy phone users or phone sourced Internet surfer. I do want to mention that within WR phones “Settings” menu, you can disable WiFi altogether. If trying to use it under conditions where WiFi is problematic, I’d do that. Just to remember the WR business model and, as said, not to unduly abuse the system.
    So to conclude, I have the WR $10 plans X 2 for my two WR E phones. Not absolutely perfect for me, reasonably near! The bottom line, great bargains and for most folks, absent some peculiar requirement/situation I feel comfortable in highly recommending Republic Wireless service and phones.
    JH
    California DOJ, Retired

    • Tricia
    • September 19, 2015
    Reply

    I currently have US Cellular. Can I use the assigned phone number from Republic Wireless for a week or so before canceling US Cellular and then, after that trial week, cancel US Cellular and transfer my US Cellular number to my RW Moto X Phone?

      • AZterritory
      • October 2, 2015
      Reply

      We did exactly what Thangfish said to do–worked fine. Used Republic on the number they gave us, figured everything out, we liked it, we cancelled with awful T-Mobile, never looked back!

      • Thangfish
      • September 24, 2015
      Reply

      Republic has a 30-day, money back guarantee.
      Use the number Republic gives you.
      You can swap to your old number at anytime, IF it’s still yours.

      If you cancel your old number BEFORE you transfer it to Republic, it’s not yours anymore, so you lose it.

    • mary
    • August 30, 2015
    Reply

    I am considering switching to RW wireless. I’ve read through almost all of these comments and found it very useful. Thanks. I do have a question. Is it possible to move apps from internal to external storage on the phones?

    Thanks!

      • Jacob
      • August 30, 2015
      Reply

      Yes, some apps can be placed on SD card.

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    • Katie
    • July 8, 2015
    Reply

    Great article! I have an old iphone4 through Straight Talk (which I thought was really cheap until I came across RW) and have been very interested in switching to Republic for the past few months. I have a couple questions though:
    1) I saw some posts about importing contacts, I was wondering if I could do it from an iphone to a Republic phone? This is out of pure laziness, as I just don’t want to manually type in all my contacts again.
    2) My husband is a pilot and travels internationally a few times a year. My understanding is that he can call the US from abroad IF he’s on wifi, but cannot call phones within Europe or Asia?? Thanks!

      • Jacob
      • July 9, 2015
      Reply

      1) Yes, there are free apps available to change contacts easily across phones and carriers.
      2) You are correct. Like any US based carrier, Republic isn’t going to include international calls over cellular because the entire infrastructure is different in most other countries. Still, the WiFi calls help.

    • Mandy
    • June 23, 2015
    Reply

    Hi! My husband and I are seriously considering switching to RW, especially after reading all of these awesome comments. My question is, how do we go about transferring contacts from our verizon phones to the new RW phones?

      • Todd
      • November 19, 2015
      Reply

      Your RW phone is android based and will work best when a Google Account is set up with it. You can import your contacts from your iPhone to your Google Account / gmail and Voi La, those contacts will be on your RW phone when it is on the same Google account.
      Set up your GMAIL account on your iPhone for calendar sync:
      on iPhone open Settings>Mail, Contacts, Calendars>Add Account> Google.
      enter your credentials.
      enable ‘Contacts’

    • Jeff Taylor
    • May 24, 2015
    Reply

    I have a moto G and soon will be traveling to Europe. I am wondering about the basics of how I can use the phone and not worry about charges. When I arrive in Europe should I put it in Airplane mode? Will I need to buy a SIM card? Can I make phone calls, texts, check the web etc, without charges? Thanks!

      • Victor
      • June 15, 2015
      Reply

      I am in europe right now. If you have a wifi connect you will be able to call anywhere back in the united states and of course use the internet. You will not be able to call with in europe. Put your phone in airplane mode otherwise it will drain the battrry searching for a carrier.

    • Nicole Stevenson
    • April 24, 2015
    Reply

    Can I buy a pre-owned rw phone, port my number and use it? Is there anything specific I need to look into, besides making sure it’s a rw phone? If current number can’t be used, how do I get a new phone number assigned to phone? Does rw offer deals on pre-owned phones?

      • Bob Miller
      • August 25, 2015
      Reply

      Yes Nicole…RW does offer used phones but they only have a limited number of the and are often out so you may just have to keep checking back. Also, you can find them on Ebay.

      • Jacob
      • May 6, 2015
      Reply

      Yes you can. If you can’t port, they give free numbers with your area code. They don’t offer many deals that I’ve seen, but you can buy from other people on Ebay or local.

    • Dana
    • April 18, 2015
    Reply

    I was one of the people that used only a tracphone because I didn’t want a monthly bill…. That is until my friend from Maryland told me about Republic wireless. He works for the government and said that he was able to drop his high phone plan and use RW for $100 less than he was paying. So, I figured I would give it a try since I was paying over $45 a month for my husbands tracfone…. Boy am I glad I did… I not only saved money, but I use the phone for directions, searching the web, and even college homework…. Automatically drafts…. And I couldn’t be happier!

    • Alex
    • March 12, 2015
    Reply

    I’ve had Republic Wireless for about a year now. My wife and I switched from 2 Grandfathered Unlimited Verizon plans and we were paying $160 a month. Looking to save money, we spent the $650 ($600 plus taxes) to get our 1st Gen Moto Xs and seeing as how the phones have paid for themselves at the 8 month mark – we couldn’t be happier. Cell service in our area is EXCELLENT. My wife has the 3G plan and I have the 4G plan (I am with my 3 year old more often than she is and need the boost in speed for Netflix) and we pay about $75 a month.

    My phone actually malfunctioned and they had to swap it out, but they didn’t have any 1st gen Moto Xs anymore so they upgraded me to a Moto X 2nd Gen at no cost. Sweet! I always tell my friends and family to switch to RW as often as I can. I love their service.

      • Amy
      • March 13, 2015
      Reply

      I have been using RW since its Beta days and have been very pleased with customer service, my phones, and pricing. I recommend them all the time to friends and family!!

    • Danielle
    • March 6, 2015
    Reply

    Hi!
    My question is: they assign you a phone number right? Will it be in my current area code? Next, can I buy the phone off ebay? If I do what do I have to make sure of from the seller before I purchase? Next. Can I take my number with me if I leave? Is there a contract period? Thanks!!!

      • Jacob
      • March 8, 2015
      Reply

      Yes, Yes, and Yes. Or you can port your existing number easily. No contracts either!

    • Rebecca
    • February 21, 2015
    Reply

    First read about Republic on your website. I did some research and decided to give them a try. One month in and I couldn’t be happier. They deliver exactly what they promise. I was paying Verizon $80 a month for two dumb phones. I just received my first Republic bill. $25 for two smart phones on the $10 plan. We bought the Moto E and are very happy with our choice. It disgusts me to think how much money I’ve given Verizon over the years. So glad I found your recommendation. Thanks!

      • HitesMites
      • March 7, 2015
      Reply

      I’m right behind ya. Paying VZW $200/mo. for 700 min. unlimited texting, 5G data just for iPhone. Me and husband are on flip phones and 21yo is on iPhone 4S (she pays me $75/mo for her portion of the bill. I’m switching her to BYO Wireless on her own plan). Verizon offers no flexibility to suit our individual phone needs. The three of us don’t even use the 700 shared minutes. Husband wants nothing to do with a smartphone, so he’s staying with VZW on a basic phone single line plan. I’m moving over to RW and getting the Moto E on a $10 plan, maybe $5 plan cause I’m not interested in more than talk n’ text. Even though I don’t plan on using data, I am excited to experience my first smartphone and at least playing around with a few fun and useful apps (will be great to go paperless on event tickets, and also dump all annoying those store rewards cards into KeyRing). 😀

      • Jacob
      • February 22, 2015
      Reply

      Thanks for sharing!

    • Chuck
    • February 8, 2015
    Reply

    i just switched to republic last month and i love it. $10/mo plan fits me fine. it’s my first smartphone so i don’t notice if/that the moto E shows its age. it surfs the web, gives offline driving directions, checks email, plays bluetooth music, streams vids and music, and is cheaper than my flip phone per month. since it’s replacing a flip phone i don’t mind that i can’t get cell data. it just happens to be a smartphone while i’m at work and at home. if this moto e lasts more than 5 months it will have paid for itself and continue to save me money. the call quality has been good. i’ve had a couple of calls that sounded bad, but most of them have been totally normal. i love that i can get calls over wifi in buildings where nobody else gets cellular coverage. one of the buildings i work in is like that and wifi calls are a great feature. so far the customer service has been smooth. they transferred my number over in less than 24 hours and all i had to do was fill out the form on their website. their blog/forum has a lot of info that i’ve actually used. i know this sounds like a friggin advertisement for them, but it’s not. i researched so many different plans, phones, and companies before settling on republic. this blog itself was very helpful and i want to let others know my true experience. i was about to settle on pageplus when i found out republic has the $100 dollar phone and that convinced me. i’ll be back if my experience turns negative to tell you all about it.

    • ray
    • January 9, 2015
    Reply

    Sitting in the basement of the largest hospital in Grand Rapids Michigan.Really need cell phone to tell family members about condition of sick child. No one has cell coverage on ANY network, including Republic (Sprint). Oh yea, connect to guest network – sure! Instant and perfect cell service. Republic wireless – invaluable and priceless

      • Jacob
      • January 11, 2015
      Reply

      Thanks for sharing Ray.

    • Diana
    • December 28, 2014
    Reply

    What happens if you don’t have Sprint service in your area? They say it switches to Verizon in bad coverage areas. Would I just always have Verizon coverage in my home area?

      • Tara
      • February 16, 2015
      Reply

      There aren’t any SPrint towers in my area but there is a Verizon tower about a mile down the road from my house. Are you saying that even though this is a “Sprint” phone, it will still run off of Verizon towers?? I just want to make sure I’m understanding correctly. I would hate to switch and have a phone that doesn’t work in my area. Thanks!

        • RichardG
        • March 13, 2015
        Reply

        I have the $10 p/month plan. There are no Sprint towers in my area so I rely on WiFi and Verizon towers (thus, I am roaming for cell and text). Service is great. I can’t get a data plan since RW would have to charge me for roaming data, but that is okay since WiFi is generally available.

        • Jacob
        • February 16, 2015
        Reply

        Hi Tara, I don’t have first hand experience because we have Sprint towers around, but that is my understanding. It should work on Verizon.

      • Jacob
      • January 19, 2015
      Reply

      Right, it switches to Verizon towers if you can’t use Sprint. And it’s free.

    • Josh
    • December 7, 2014
    Reply

    I am thinking about trying Republic Wireless’ $10 plan. I was wondering how much the fees and taxes are in total. Can anybody tell me?

      • Chuck
      • February 8, 2015
      Reply

      i live in NC where republic/bandwidth is based so i think i’ve got one of the highest tax etc. rates. the $10/month plan comes to $12.19.

      • Derek
      • January 27, 2015
      Reply

      The fee’s and taxes will vary based on where you live. It totally depends on local charges for 911 and state taxes and regulations, which are all different.

      • Jacob
      • December 7, 2014
      Reply

      Personally on the $10 plan, around $1.20 more per month. I’ve heard it varies based on your geographical location.

    • Isissonia
    • December 4, 2014
    Reply

    Hi, just a review on Republic. This blog was one of the sources which convinced me to try Republic! the savings FAR FAR FAR outweigh the “inconveniences”!! Oh goodness, people! Why do you want to make all of those companies more wealthy while you get poorer?!I have it for a year now. Republic means – no overage charges! No data charges! No contracts! No 600.00 phone if you calculate the monthly payments over 2 year period! There are 3 different phone options now & they may continue to keep growing! the Moto X is AWESOME! You are not settling if you get this phone. The quirks are getting worked out as time goes on, so the service is even improving! we have 3 phones for$90!1 Hello, the savings are applied to our SAVINGS! OURS! we keep that extra $$! Why wouldnt you do this?! Just because the phone that you want has certain features that really dont affect the functions of the phone? Keep your money. & try this for the trial period & you can return it all if you dont like it! You dont lose anything!

      • Jacob
      • December 4, 2014
      Reply

      Thanks for the thoughtful input.

    • magand127
    • October 9, 2014
    Reply

    I have had republic wireless for a few months now and have been completely satisfied with no complaints. It is also great to be able to make all my friends jealous with the unlimited plans where I don’t have to constantly worry about my phone usage on the go.

      • Jacob
      • October 10, 2014
      Reply

      Thanks for sharing your experience!

    • Luis
    • September 2, 2014
    Reply

    Hey Jacob,
    I also read yesterday that there is an Ebay reseller where you can get the Republic Moto X refurbished for $199 plus shipping. Great deal for people with an even more restricted budget. I think I will try it out. Plus I live in an area in Los Angeles where the Sprint reception is excellent. I’m so tired every time I call Verizon they try to sell me something I don’t need. Last time I call they tried to put me on a different plan where I would be saving a whooping $3.00 after taxes. This after I told the guy I was considering their prepaid after my contract ended. One thing I’m not going to miss is that service. I rather talk to a computer all day long.
    BTW I love your blogs. I just signed up to your site. Great job! keep it up.

      • Jacob
      • September 3, 2014
      Reply

      Luis, that is a great deal. I need to see if I can find his store. Let me know how everything goes with your switch, and thank you for your kind words.

    • John
    • August 29, 2014
    Reply

    I just tried to use there service and all though there connection map shows Alaska the chat person said they don’t ship phones to Alaska so I guess no service in Alaska

      • Jacob
      • August 30, 2014
      Reply

      Thanks for the data, John. I knew nothing about that.

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    • Robert
    • June 5, 2014
    Reply

    there is no high speed internet where i live so no wi-fi. Will this be a problem if i get the $10 per month plan?

      • Jacob
      • June 5, 2014
      Reply

      No, but you won’t have any data. The talk/text will still work on the Sprint towers!

    • Valeria
    • June 3, 2014
    Reply

    I have been using Republic for about a month now and I have to say it has been smooth sailing so far. I have the Moto G and the operating system seems thus far to work flawlessly. The handoff between wifi and cell service works great. I have started calls on cell, then arrived home and I didn’t even notice until later that the service switched over to wifi. My first bill arrived and with tax, it was only $29. Less than $30 a month for unlimited phone, text and data. Gotta love it!

      • Jacob
      • June 30, 2014
      Reply

      Awesome, Valeria! Thank you for sharing!

    • Joe Max
    • June 2, 2014
    Reply

    I have been with RW for about five months now. I have the much hated Defy XT , it serves the purpose for 23 bucks a month, tax included. I use it for about two hours a day, mostly on WiFi. It drops calls once in a while, but for the money, it is a keeper. Took a look at the G , but for six bucks more a month, it is really not worth it to me. Add the phone cost too. I would rate RW overall, with all phones and plans considered. A six max, compared to the top companies and what they offer.

      • Tim
      • December 26, 2014
      Reply

      Joe, in our family we have used the Defy, Moto X, G & recently the E. There is a world of difference between the Defy and any of the other 3. Going to the Moto E might be a good option since the price is lower. We probably would not have stayed with RW if we had only Defy phones. Now we won’t move. The 3 Moto phones work great and the price is awesome.

      • Jacob
      • June 3, 2014
      Reply

      Thanks for your opinion Joe. The Defy certainly had more problems than the current lineup of phones. I wonder how much higher you’d rate the company if you had one of the sleek new Androids that doesn’t drop calls when moving from Wifi to Cellular.

    • Mike S
    • June 1, 2014
    Reply

    I use the Moto X with Republic Wireless and it’s a good phone for a decent price at $299. The price is a lot better than elsewhere for over $500. Republic also has access to Sprint’s roaming partners so the coverage is much better than other MVNOs from Sprint. All in all, great service at an awesome price.

    • Tarynkay
    • May 30, 2014
    Reply

    I just switched to Republic Wireless. I got the Moto G, which I am plenty happy with. I had a dumbphone through Virgin Mobile before that. I liked VM and would recommend them for people with no access to WiFi, but realized that I was paying $30/month for limited talk and text when I could be paying $10/month for unlimited. And then my 2 year old destroyed my dumb phone, so I took that as a sign.

    Anyhow, I like it, and I especially like that it has a pretty good camera b.c that is something I did not have before and I never remember to bring a camera anywhere.

    • Ken
    • May 20, 2014
    Reply

    Nice review Jacob. I tried the RW here in the suburbs of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Usually have WiFi everywhere I go. Love the phone: Moto X. Only issue I have encountered is whenever going from cell to a new WiFi location many require I enter some information or check a box saying I have read their legal info. This catches me off guard at times but it is only a minor issue. Liking RW so much I bought my daughter a Moto G and did the $10/month package. She is at the university 9 months out of the year and has WiFi all over. To this date she loves her phone and also has no issues. So happy to get away from Verizon. The Sprint cell coverage has been excellent in the twin cities and 30 miles out in the surrounding country area. Thanks for your March 7th article. That is what encouraged me to switch to RW.

      • mikencolo
      • August 23, 2014
      Reply

      i started with RW last spring using the moto g and have been very happy. we live in rural colorado and part of living where we do means no cell signal, at least not until we are a good many miles from home. i have found a couple of things getting started that might well be helpful to other RW end users. first we all have two telephone numbers even if we believe we have just one, that is how we get our calls via the sprint network. so we have our primary in addition to that hidden sprint number. why does it matter? because that hidden number is a “recycled” sprint number. many self included have gotten our new phones only to start getting text messages and or calls for the previous owner of that number and can’t make them stop. we cannot do short codes so you can’t reply “stop” to a sender e.g. 11111. there is another way to stop those though. begin by finding that sprint number. regardless if you have a defy, moto g or x do this,

      Open the Phone app (the standard dialer that comes with the phone).
      Dial ##786#.
      The number shown for Mobile Number is your Sprint number.
      Hit the Back or Home button to dismiss the information screen.

      so now you know your number and the hidden sprint number. important to know that with KK google has for their own mysterious reasons nuetered all the text blocking apps in the play store so you cannot actually block texts with the current os but one app has a work around. we use extreme call blocker and it works great. to get around the KK can’t block texts issue there is a separate apk file you download w/that and it really is very simple to install. now i no longer get calls or texts intended for others. the second thing to know is a trick to help with day to day use. as said i live in a rural area i use the wifi feature there but when i travel down to denver and with so many wifi hot spots ( i don’t like switching one to another especially while on a call) i simply turn OFF the wifi. i have the ten buck plan and with “unlimited” air time there really is no need deal with a half dozen wifi connections every few blocks handing off your calls. just turn the wifi off and use the cell signal but do remember when out of that high density wifi zone to turn yours back on at some point.

      thanks for the write up, comparison of the service and available devices nice to see.

      *Note now with open mic for google you can have voice commands as is std w/the X e.g. “okay google” but now with the G. The Moto G does draw a bit more power doing so as it has an lcd screen not the amoled as found in the X.

      • Jacob
      • May 20, 2014
      Reply

      Ken, thank you for leaving a thoughtful comment and sharing your personal experience with RW. What is your take on the Moto X vs. Moto G?

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    We have been using Republic Wireless for a couple weeks. We live in West Michigan. The switch between wifi and cellular service seems smooth. We live in West Michigan and love it. We just bought another Moto G from them.

      • Kris
      • May 1, 2015
      Reply

      Thank you for your comments! I also live in West Michigan and was wondering about RW’s service in my area. I would like to upgrade to a smart phone but as I tend to use my talk/text phone only occasionally, I don’t want a high priced plan. This looks like a viable option for me.

        • David
        • November 28, 2015
        Reply

        I live in Fruitport, MI and have a RW phone with $10 plan – and I love it! Do it!

      • Jacob
      • May 20, 2014
      Reply

      Josh, thank you for sharing your experience!

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    • Beach Boui
    • February 5, 2014
    Reply

    I’ve been a Republic Wireless customer for over a year (joined Nov 16, 2013). I’ve been realistic about my expectations, and I’ve been very pleased. I just upgraded to the Moto X phone, and I am even more pleased! Sweet phone!

    I’ve become a wi-fi snob. 😉 My phone stays on wi-fi mode when I’m at home or in a hotel. Wi-fi calls are generally better than cellular calls as far as quality is concerned. And, wi-fi uses less battery power than cell. Finding open wi-fi hotspots around town is like finding little little treasures. It’s fun!

    It has been a great experience to be a part of Republic’s beta stage and into their official public rollout. This company will change the personal communications landscape, as far as cell phones are concerned. They’re having quite an impact already. They’ve had some growing pains, like any small upstart company. But, they are learning quickly and growing a large base of enthusiastic fans.

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    My wife and I switched to Republic Wireless a few months ago and it is as good as advertised. The days of overpriced cell phone plans are gone, there really is a better alternative. We are on their beta priced $20 per month anything plan (which includes data) it isn’t available for new customers but their current $25 plan is equivalent to that one. Something great that Republic Wireless also offers is the chance to save on your bill if you refer friends to their service. We have already gotten a few of our friends to sign up. We went from paying $135 per month for cell service with Verizon to $40 per month with Republic wireless, we will take that savings all day long. We live in the greater Portland Metro area and the Sprint service (which Republic uses for their cell calls) is excellent.

      • Jacob
      • November 19, 2013
      Reply

      Thanks for adding your experience Jon. Sounds like you’ve had success. I look forward to playing with the Moto X. It really is an excellent value if the service works out.

    • Brian
    • November 15, 2013
    Reply

    That is a well written review (per usual for you). I feel like if you are going to spend $40/month then you might as well go with a traditional plan (or a pre-paid plan) since you can basically get that anyways. I do think the real value is the $10 and $25 plans. I would worry that if I were to switch I would be someone who they would see as “abusing” cellular data since my work doesn’t have wifi and I use about 6-8gb of data a month on cellular networks at 3g speeds.

    I have heard that this phone works on wi-fi when you are traveling abroad, so this is something that might work well for international travelers who still want to stay in touch.

      • Jacob
      • November 17, 2013
      Reply

      Thanks! Yeah, I don’t think that they would like usage of cellular data. And I agree that the $10/month plan is the most attractive, but there really aren’t any other providers offering 4G LTE unlimited for anything close to $40/month. It’s not my cup of tea, but it’s still a good value.
      I think it works seamlessly in Canada, but I’m unsure about just with wifi while traveling elsewhere. I need to find that out.

        • Rob G
        • February 25, 2016
        Reply

        I have used it in japan. Wi-Fi is Wi-Fi. it works exceptionally!

        • Joel
        • August 13, 2015
        Reply

        I have the $10 plan and recently traveled to Ecuador, before our trip there we switched to the $5 plan(Wifi only) and I was able to make and receive calls and texts as long as I had wifi access. Not only did I save money but I still got great phone service.

    • Jeanette
    • March 7, 2017
    Reply

    Curious how your serviced is working in Iowa, as I am in Iowa as well.

    • Jacob
    • December 16, 2016
    Reply

    Unlocked phones need to be T-Mobile compatible, since Republic now uses T-Mobile towers for service.

    • Jacob
    • April 6, 2016
    Reply

    Sorry to hear that Sonia. It’s so strange that your husband has zero problems at all, but yours started acting problematic. I don’t know how that happens.

    • julie
    • September 4, 2015
    Reply

    thank you for the information. I was too embarrassed to ask anyone this in person.

    • Jacob
    • September 4, 2015
    Reply

    Hi Julie,
    DSL and Cable are both high speed. You just need a wireless router connected to either of those internet connections and you will have Wifi. Wireless routers are cheap, and you can find good ones on Amazon for $20.
    Best wishes,
    Jacob

    • Kyle Herschberger
    • May 6, 2015
    Reply

    I currently live in Elkhart, IN but have also lived in Middlebury while using Republic Wireless. Our experience when connected to WIFI is always perfect service. When on 4G the data is very fast and can stream videos and music without issue. When traveling – if I start a service on 4G (like Pandora) it will usually not be interrupted. HOWEVER – if I try to start a service on 3G that involves streaming it usually won’t load. My coverage along M-12 (Coldwater through Jonesville) is usually blazing fast 4G (we camp there a lot). Can’t speak personally about Sturgis, but everywhere around there has been solid.

    • Anthony
    • March 24, 2015
    Reply

    I’ve noticed my call quality has improved, also I took a trip and updated my plan to the 4G and everything worked very well. Since my last review the Republic app has updated and it seems like mms is now working when texting other carriers. Now it seems as if everything is working as expected. My fiance who is in morroco (Africa) calls myself and her family in America using the wifi calling it she says it works very well. Her phone has access to pretty much all apps on Google play and when we share media or Internet links she’s been able to access everything just fine. Since her phone number is an American number her or her family no longer has to pay for international minutes so she’s pretty happy that. I’d say 10/10 for everything at the moment. 🙂

 

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