Well, my iPhone’s WIFI decided to stop working, and its battery life decided to become short-tempered and highly unpredictable. I had two options at this point: spend a bunch of money to either replace or repair my iPhone, or spend a bunch of money to cancel my Verizon contract and start up with Republic.
This was an easy decision for me, because in the long run, switching to Republic has the added benefit of me saving loads of money every month, which would surpass any extra upfront charges I would deal with. So, that’s what I did. I created an account with Republic Wireless, did some research on the phone I wanted to purchase through them, did some research on the service I wanted to receive, and started to make the switch immediately.
Before I get too far into writing this post, here is a little background information on Republic Wireless:
Republic Wireless is a cell provider that offers many plans at a cost much lower than the leading cell phone companies. Their plans range from $5 per month to $45 per month, all under no contract or long-term obligation whatsoever. They offer a small variety of smartphones to choose from (you must purchase a smartphone under their name in order to use their service). These phones all operate on the android system, and vary in cost and functionality. Once you purchase a phone and choose a service plan, you are good to go, and will enjoy a great cell phone experience for very low monthly payments, with absolutely no obligations.
Okay, back to my story. After searching through the different options of phones on the Republic Wireless website, I decided on purchasing the Moto X first generation. This was the 2nd best phone offered. I wanted a phone that was not too outdated, but also not crazy expensive. The Moto X first generation was a step up from my iPhone 4s in many ways, so it seemed like the best choice for me. The phone cost me $299. I protected it with a $15 Otterbox defender case.
When my phone arrived in the mail, all I had to do was turn it on, and follow extremely easy steps to activate it. This process maybe took me 10 minutes at most. After the start up process, I followed extremely easy steps to transfer my old number from Verizon to my new phone, and then I called up Verizon to officially cancel my service. I had to pay a $180 cancellation fee from Verizon to end my service early. A little painful, but I was excited to test out my brand new phone with my brand new carrier.
The service I went with was the $10 a month plan. With this plan, I get unlimited talk and text, and WIFI whenever it is available. No data comes with this plan. (Don’t fear! If you feel like you absolutely need data on your phone, for $25 per month, you can get unlimited talk, text, 3G data, plus WIFI whenever available).
As of today, I have been a happy Republic Wireless customer for a little over one month. I have very, very few complaints, and these complaints are extremely minor.
1. The Moto phones do not use emojis that are compatible with other types of phones. I cannot send or received emojis in my text messages.
2. My phone is not compatible with outside messaging apps.
3. I can only receive text messages in 140 character chunks. If someone sends me a longer text, I receive the text in multiple sections, sometimes out of order.
I feel silly listing my complaints, as they are very minor. I have gotten used to non-emoji texting and I’ve become a pro at piecing together chunks of long text messages. When my first bill came in at less than $12 including taxes, I stopped complaining about these “issues.”
Now that I’ve gotten my complaints out of the way, here are the positives of my phone and service:
1. I spend less than $12 per month
2. I have zero hidden fees
3. I can change my service up to twice per month
4. My phone makes it easy to find and connect to available sources of WIFI
5. My screen quality is better than my iPhone 4s
6. Google Now works great
7. I love how notifications are displayed even in lock/battery save mode
Clearly, the pros outweigh the cons for me. I am so, so happy I made the switch. Instead of paying $45 per month, I spend less than $12. Instead of paying roughly $540 per year on cell service, I will now be spending less than $144 on cell service each year. Republic Wireless, thank you for saving me from outrageous phone bills!
If you are thinking of switching to Republic Wireless, I highly suggest checking out their website for further information. You can also leave comments or email me if you have any questions you would like me to answer. If you already use Republic Wireless, please feel free to comment about your experiences below!