- Jul 2, 2007
My first smart phone and it seems pretty kick arse for the price. So far, the hybrid WiFi calling and data thing is working flawlessly. I've only used 50mb of cellular data in a week. That's because I'm not hitting the web or using it for GPS nav when it's on the cellular network. So far, it's connecting to public WiFi's seamlessly. If I stay below 1 gig of cellular data for billing period, my monthly will be $27. That was Twenty Seven, not a typo. But it could be even less. The 1 gig plan is $25, no contracts. $10 of that is unlimited talk and text on Sprint (Verizon if it needs to roam) and $15 is the 1 gig of cellular data per month. Whatever amount of cellular data I don't use for the month that is below 1 gig I get on next month's bill as a credit. E.g. if I only use 500mb of cellular data I should see a $7.50 credit on next month's bill, dropping it to $19 and change. Republic Wireless. Hope it stays as frosty as it's been so far. They really seem to have nailed the seamless WiFi connections. If a public WiFi asks for a click on a usage agreement screen before it lets you on, you only need to do that the first time for that network-- The phone remembers it and stores the extra verification steps needed for a particular WiFi and next time you're there it hooks up without needing any input from you. There is one caveat however. Only three phone offerings: Moto E (3rd Gen), Moto G (3rd Gen), and Moto X (2nd Gen). And the phones have special firmware to make them do the seamless WiFi hookups and as such they will not work on other carriers than Republic Wireless. And you buy them up front like an unlocked phone. So, Republic Wireless may not be for everyone. It is sort of a niche or boutique carrier I suppose, offering a unique approach for people who tend to be around open WiFi or otherwise available access points throughout their day. I myself have a free flip phone for work that has been my stalwart, I finally decided I wanted the personal assistant qualities of a mid level smart phone but without taking on a contract and $60 or more a month, and I'm literally drowning in WiFi throughout my day so Republic Wireless looked worth giving a try.