I left my big name cell phone service provider back in 2014 and haven’t looked back since. I was tired of paying so much for cell phone service!
I thought there had to be a better way. What stopped me from making a change initially was the iPhone. I just didn’t think I could leave it.
I finally made the switch and didn’t miss my iPhone. And I initially saved $25 a month!
I shared that experience in this post and how I moved to Republic Wireless. After a few years, I thought it was time to provide you an update and highlight the latest services Republic Wireless offers.
I love it when I’m a part of something that just keeps getting better. That’s how I feel about Republic Wireless.
Month after month my level of happiness with the company/service has only increased. They are making every effort possible to disrupt the legacy cell service industry and improve their service and offerings.
While I started with the Moto X (1st Gen) phone, I now have the Samsung S7 Edge and use it on their new plans which I share with you below.
What the Heck is Republic Wireless?
Republic Wireless is a mobile virtual network operator here in the U.S.. Translation: a mobile service provider other than AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, or Sprint – the companies that built the network.
What’s important to understand is that Republic Wireless uses a cellular network to provide service only after they’ve exhausted attempts to service you over a Wi-Fi network. That’s how Republic Wireless, as you’ll see, is able to offer you service at such a low price – they default to Wi-Fi.
Here’s how the technology works straight from their website:
We don’t just use cell towers for calls and texts. Our Adaptive Coverage™ technology, with Bonded Calling™ and included voice roaming, will automatically blend your calls over available WiFi and your phone’s 3G and 4G LTE* cellular data networks together for more, low cost, coverage in places cell can’t always reach – like your basement or garage.
And here are some highlights on the technology you might find helpful if you’re still trying to understand how they are helping you save money:
- Your calls are automatically blended over WiFi and your cellular data network for consistent coverage
- If a quality issue is detected they patch they patch with one of your other data networks
- If you move out of WiFi, you’re seamlessly switched to use cellular.
Republic Wireless has been around since 2010 and has grown a sizable cult following. I first heard of them from this Mr. Money Mustache review. Things got really exciting for Republic Wireless in 2013 with the release of their Moto X phone, which is generally more comparable to an iPhone.
After dealing with the company directly I had absolutely no complaints. They are still small compared to the big name providers and seem to really care. I dig a good underdog story.
The Moto X (1st Gen)
As I mentioned, the Moto X (1st Gen) was the first phone I used with Republic Wireless and I’m now using the Samsung S7 Edge, which is arguably the best one available today. But my initial experience with the Moto X is still worth sharing.
Thanks to a buddy of mine, they offered to send me a free one to try out their service. The first thing I noticed was how smooth the screen and display were on the Moto X. That’s what I’d always feared with having another smart phone – that I would miss the smooth iPhone screen. With the Moto X that’s just not the case.
I also liked that since it’s an Android phone it comes with a lot of intuitive Google technology. I run both of my businesses on Google apps, so it’s a big win to finally have a Google phone. For a more technical review, check out this one from BibleMoneyMatters.com.
The only big downside I experienced with the phone was messaging interaction with people with iPhones. Since most of my contacts had me stored in their phones as an iPhone, I was unable to text as efficiently with them. You can read more about resolving those issues here.
The only other issues I had with the phone were user error. I was used to an iPhone and so it took some time to convert my muscle memory to a new device.
Republic Wireless now offers new and updated models including the Moto X Pure Edition, Moto G (4th Edition) and Moto G Plus (4th Edition) as well as many other phones. See all their phones.
With Republic Wireless, you have to buy the phone at an unsubsidized price. If you’re used to paying $140+ a month for service and getting the phone for free, this is probably a shocker. Do the math though and see what you come up with. Is it smarter to pay more for the phone and less each month for service without a contract?
For me, the price (including the price to break my AT&T contract) was worth it, and you can recoup the expense of the phone (technically I got mine for free because I’m a blogger, but you get my point). Do the math for yourself and see if it saves you money in the long run.
The Inexpensive Data Plans
After deciding that I dug the phone I signed up for a Republic Wireless plan. They offer unlimited talk, text and WiFi data and you pay for the cellular data you need.
When I’m at home, at a coffee shop or restaurant, at church, or any other place with WiFi, Republic Wireless uses their proprietary technology to use or blend with the WiFi network. If no network can be found then it uses your cellular data plan.
A cool feature is an auto WiFi portal accept. You know how you have to accept the WiFi terms at some locations? Republic Wireless has figured out a way to automate this process. So now every time I’m working from Chick-fil-a or Starbucks, I won’t have to agree to the WiFi terms over and over again. Once and I’m done.
When I started Republic Wireless only had four plans to choose from. Today, they have six:
- $15 / mo Unlimited Talk, Text & WiFi Data
- $20 / mo Unlimited Talk, Text & Wifi Data with 1GB of Cell Data
- $30 / mo Unlimited Talk, Text & WiFi Data with 2GB of Cell Data
- $45 / mo Unlimited Talk, Text & WiFi Data with 4GB of Cell Data
- $60 / mo Unlimited Talk, Text & WiFi Data with 6GB of Cell Data
- $90 / mo Unlimited Talk, Text & WiFi Data with 10GB of Cell Data (not pictured below)
Should You Switch to Republic Wireless?
If you’re ready to consider leaving the contract-based Apple/iPhone world like I was, this is a good time to try something new. Republic Wireless has a solid phone in the Moto series, and their plans can save you money in the long run.
Republic Wireless has a 14 day money back guarantee so you can get the Moto, other phone or bring your own phone and see how it compares to your current phone without risk. And once you do decide to join, Republic Wireless allows you to change your plan a couple times a month so you can fine tune it to fit your true needs.